Thursday, April 1, 2010
I can't tell you how often I find myself just sitting and staring at my seedlings. They are full of the promise of summer and of good eating. Last summer was the best summer of eating I have ever had. I learned to appreciate eating in season and enjoying so many fruits and veggies at the height of perfection. So I've expanded my own garden - I've started so many things - basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, green beans, snap peas, watermelons, acorn squash, onions, carrots, rainbow chard, peppers, lettuce, and the list just goes on and on. I bought the seeds with my friend Callie. We went through a seed catalog and ordered ones that sounded good to both of us - all heirlooms. We both like cooking and veggies so it worked out beautifully. I'm so excited.
Last year I had 10 basil plants and it still wasn't enough to supply our demand for all things basil. So this year I'm doubling that - including 8 purple basil plants. Can you see my cute purple seedlings?
Did you know herb seedlings smell good? I don't why but I figured they wouldn't start tasting/smelling good until they got older. Nope, not so, they are deliciouso from birth.
I am also hoping to have upwards of 30 tomato plants which means that if they all produce as promised I'm going to be swimming in beautiful tomatoes. We use TONS of canned tomatoes around here so I was hoping to be able to can them like crazy at the end of the season. We'll have big red ones, medium sized yellow ones, huge purple ones, and tiny yellow and red ones. Yum yum.
What about you? Have you got a garden on the horizon? If not, it's a lot easier than you think. Seeds just wanna grow - it's really miraculous. And once you plant some, you won't be able to keep your eyes of them either.