I got home from work today, popped open a bud light lime and sat on the couch for a moment then thought- “Oh shit, the garden!”
I learned from last year NOT to ignore it -or else!”
I went up there and was glad I got my ass off the couch. I tied up the tomatoes with hemp twine- not plastic stretchy stuff. Decided to stop consuming plastic when possible.
I got halfway through the row and took this picture. SO MANY FLOWERS translates into- hundreds of pounds of organic tomatoes.
Realized my lawn clipping mulch is as good for my knees as it is for the plants. I was extremely comfortable scooting along on this mat of dried stuff. Def a great thing to do.
Started raining so I’m outta there but took this pic of the rows I did not have enough clippings for
Many dead and unhappy cabbages. I wouldn’t want to scoot along that path either. No mulch = no good.
Extreme happiness=extreme growth
Had my pandora station in my earbuds whilst up there in the garden when this song came on. Not bad!
I wondered tonight "what’s in the fridge," forgetting that there might be something in the garden to prepare for dinner. I hauled my tired soul up there (all of a 150' trudge).
When I got to my oasis I was amazed at what I saw. Plants had quadrupled in size since I was there last (two days prior). I collected a ton of stuff for salad. Beet greens (never ate them before), romaine lettuce, three types of kale, each with their unique taste, and cabbage leaves. I saw the seeds that I planted for carrots, radish, cilantro, arugula had all come up in nice straight rows. I couldn't believe how fast they germinated. I'm a fan of seeds now- they are CHEAP and the varieties beat the hell out of varieties available as bedding plants.
Left really early this am to go fishing for porgy- Montauck. Sunburn n fun with kid. I looked back at the horizon and saw my beautiful ginkgo backlit by the dawn’s early light.
Brought home fish I can add to my salads for a while. Last year I saved thousands of dollars because I got creative with my garden/kitchen.
This is year I am going to save even more because I planted earlier and have more experience. We shall see.
MAKE TIME TO GARDEN FOR FOOD- it’s all good and gaining in popularity as our stores offer more expensive and more dubious food. I just wish growing this stuff could be more year round!
Bok Choi just picked. Handsome sturdy foliage. Fast grower n trouble free.
Onions garlic olive oil slow searing and done in THREE MINUTES
Lettuce in absurd abundance for salad
Everything brought outside to eat in the beautiful late afternoon weather
A row of red and white onions. The row to the right (my first priority this year) is jalapeno/habanero/cayenne peppers planted exclusively for the purpose of making insane amounts of hot sauce. I am going to need new processing cookware to speed up the process, last year was inefficient but really popular!
Order, organization, planning, and the beauty of the plants themselves all add up to an incredibly satisfying gardening experience. I'm not even thinking of the food at this point, all I am striving for is a hugely productive commercial/professional experience in this garden, and I'm off to a good start. I have three or four more rows of something else to plant. Corn is cool but not really good for you, so that's out.
Low tech security system for getting into the garden. It will not keep out the asshole neighbor who snuck in and stole food last summer from me but it's good enough for now. I'm considering putting up a sign "Just for him!" If he has no problem stealing my food I figure he has no problem stealing everything else too! Absolutely unbelievable!
David Benjamin- horticulture degree North Carolina State University graduated 1983, has worked at the nursery since 1976. Somewhat tired of eating grocery store food.