Sunday, March 8, 2009

Are You Ready to Grow Your Own?

Posted in gardening, Life tagged , , , , , , at 8:44 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Food, that is.

grow your own

grow your own

It seems vegetable seed sales are way up this  year.  And spring isn’t even officially here yet.

Just as I was mulling over the idea of tucking a few more edibles into our backyard landscape this summer, I stumbled on an NPR radio show on the topic. Leonard Lopate Show 3/5/9 about all the people who beat me to it.

And why not?

Home vegetable gardening is, as “they” say,  a win-win situation. You get fresh, better tasting, nutritious food without farm equipment and trucks polluting the earth to get it to you. You can save money and get some exercise.  (And it seems,  kids who grow veggies, eat more veggies.)

Start small.  Before it gets too hot, plant a row or two of leaf lettuces. Add some perennial cooking herbs (they come back each year) like mint, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, oregano and chives in between the shrubs. Put some basil, parsley and a few cherry tomato plants in a big pot on your deck. Or just consider planting some edible flowers like nasturtiums and marigolds to improve the look, as well as the taste, of summer salads.  (But you can’t spray the flowers with pesticides!)

If you think this is all a great idea, but have no clue where to begin, check out and the National Gardening Association for  seed sources, a reading list and some how -to tips.

So … are you convinced?



  1. Doesn’t three acres qualify for you to actually call it a farm?
    how do you keep the birds from eating all the berries? I have a serviceberry bush here that’s getting big enough to produce a crop, but the birds beat us to them.
    We’ll get out there one of the these days. Happy gardening.

  2. Hey Cuz! You should come see my place. We have three acres of lawn, friut trees, berries, flower and vegetable gardens.
    This time of year I love to curl up on the couch with a big bowl of peaches, and berries(black, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, marionberry), and cherries. Of course,being older and chasing good health, I add flax seed. I take care of my sweet tooth and my health all at once.
    Even though we just got seven more inches of snow, we have been out trimming the fruit trees. As soon as I can see the ground I will cull the old berry branches and stir up the strawberry bed. Raising our vegetables and fruit is so very satisfying. I share extra produce with family and friends. Life is good.

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