Last night I was scrolling facebook and loads of ‘Happy Earth Day’ posts started popping up. I like to think that we do our best to treat every day as Earth Day in our household. We recycle, reuse, repair, redistribute, repurpose – basically we try not to buy anything new unless it’s absolutely necessary (like cute boots… I am a girl after all). The garden is often the last stop before the landfill and it’s amazing how many sneaky ways one can use “garbage” in the garden. I’m not even talking compost, I’m talking about repurposing junk into something really useful. For instance, we couldn’t find a new shade to fit our umbrella and I needed a cucumber trellis, et voilá!
That said, after owning a retail gallery for a decade, we also appreciate the value of spending money, shopping locally and supporting Mom’n’Pops whenever possible. Luckily, organic gardening is earth-friendly and can also be a fairly expensive hobby so I get to be good to the earth and support the economy! This, my friends, it what I call “killin’ birds.”
So as I was drifting off to sleep last night I was thinking about all the veggies I’ve planted this year. We have tripled or quadrupled our garden by using every available space for edibles and for the first time I can’t remember every variety off the top of my head.
So for my own sake and in case anyone else is interested, I’m going to celebrate Earth Day by recapping all the food I’ve planted. I’d love to hear about your experiences growing any of these – tips and tricks, canning suggestions, recipes, etc. are always welcome!
So here it is, my list of veggies planted as of April 22, 2014 and some pics of their progress:
Cherokee Purple, 2 Green Zebra, 2 Zapotec, 2 Beefsteak, 2 Black Krim, Pineapple, Vorlon, Roma, Large Red Cherry, San Marzano, Large Barred Boar, Bush Goliath, Chocolate Cherry, Purple Prince
Silver Queen, Glass Gem
Vates Blue Scotch Kale, Red Russian Kale, Rainbow Swiss Chard
6 Red Bell, Golden Bell, 3 Serrano, 3 Anaheim, Shishito, Peperoncini, 3 Numex Twilight
Dark Green Zucchini, Golden Summer Squash, Green Tint Pattypan, White Bush Scalloped, Lemon Squash, Cucuzza Squash, Courgette variety, Round Zucchini
Green Globe, Purple de Romagna
Golden, Ruby, Albino, Chioggia
Rattlesnake, Dragons Tongue, Fin de Bagnols, Scarlet Emperor, Pinto, Fiskeby Soy, Giant Midori Soy, Blauschokkers Purple Podded Peas, Jacobs Cattle, Kentucky Wonder, Blue Lake
Walla Walla, Texas Grano, White Cippolini, Shallots, Sweet White Spanish
Italian Parsley, Corsican Basil, Lemon Basil, Italian Basil, Bouquet Dill, Sage
Blue Adirondack, Yukon Gold, Reddale, Fingerling
There might be more, but my head is about to explode so I think I’ll leave it here for now. I’ve still got more than a dozen tomatoes and peppers, six artichoke seedlings and a handful of gem corn sprouts to go in the ground this week if I can find the space. Oh, and several types of melons to sow, a strawberry Topsy Turvy to try and another gazillion drippers to install. One thing I’ll say for gardening… it’s never boring!
Anyone else gone totally overboard with their garden this year? I’d love to hear about it!
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