These photos aren’t going to be beautiful. The beauty comes from the idea of picking and eating my own fresh fruits and vegetables this summer. Did you ever sink your teeth into a sun-ripened tomato, juice dripping down your chin? Or pop sugar snap peas straight from the vine into your mouth? Or tearing off a mint leaf and chewing it before you get it into your tea? Each bite more rich in color and flavor than anything you can get at the supermarket, even better than the farmer’s market. That’s the beauty in this post.
In my kitchen window sill I am starting sweet potato and red potato vines. The sweet potato is developing roots, while the red potato is developing plant shoots. We used to do this each year when we were kids. After all, kids are more likely to eat veggies that they helped to grow.
Using disposable cake pans with dome lids, eggs cartons (and some leftover peat pots), and seed starting soil, I crafted mini greenhouses to help germinate my seeds. This week I started two varieties of tomatoes and two of bell peppers.
In Jan. I ordered our seeds from Burpee and used Sprout Robot to help create a personalized planting calendar. About a month ago, we started a small-scale compost. Now Hubster just needs to get some rough cut lumber and build raised beds.
Dear Gardener, what’s your seed starting tip?
Dear Foodies, what’s your favorite fresh veggie or fruit to eat and/or cook?