I’ve been inspired by a number of blogs devoted to urban gardens. I’m also very interested in the growing trend toward edible landscapes vs. perfectly coiffed lawns. So, I’m happy to report that this year, after many years of wanting to have a vegetable garden, my dream is coming true! Several days ago, my husband Robert, rented a rototiller and bought 1.3 tons of rich mix soil. He tilled about 12×8 section of the backyard. I tell you what, urban farming is hard work!
I am also so happy that my mom will be helping us. She was an accomplished gardener during her years in Tennessee. She and my dad had an amazing vegetable garden that extended from their backyard all the way to the train tracks. I know she misses those days, and I hope she will find joy in being with my kids and transferring to them all that gardening knowledge she learned alongside my dad during the last healthy years they had together.
Also, I finally made it back to Horn Seed where I picked up seeds for jalapenos, radishes, green beans, okra, squash, zucchini and pumpkins. The kind folks at Horn provided me with a when-to-plant schedule. I’ll be returning in two weeks to buy tomato plants.
I have few urban garden goals for myself which include canning salsa and freezing as much zucchini bread as possible. I also hope the pumpkins grow bigger than oranges because my Sully is counting on it.