Monday, May 19, 2008

Down on the Suburban Farm

A young eggplant, one of our new ventures in vegetable gardening.

With the cost of food increasing every month, we have high hopes for our garden this summer. Terry just built two raised beds on the south side of our yard to increase our planting area. We've always grown an organic garden. It makes for more weeding, but I like to weed--kind of weird, I know.

Bonus plant: this cilantro sprouted from seeds left in the ground from last year.

Here is what we plan to grow this year: four types of tomatoes, zucchini, peas, green beans, three types of peppers, onions, and romaine and leaf lettuce. We're also attempting to grow some fancy stuff: radicchio, arugula, egg plant and brussel sprouts.

I can't wait until the tomatoes ripen!

We save room in our garden for herbs, too: basil, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, parsley and dill. These picture show our garden at the early stage, when plants are small and tender. In a month, they will hopefully be bigger and we can start harvesting our first peas and lettuce, then peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Growing a vegetable garden takes up our spare time, but enjoying all that fresh produce is worth it.

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