Real Food: Planting a Victory Garden for Earth Day

It looks like we’ll finally get some much needed rain for Earth Day this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We need it! One of the best things we can do for our own health and the health of the planet is to grow some of our own food. I’ve struggled with weeding my garden the last two years, since a baby and then toddler’s help is not really “help”. This year, we’re thinking about what our options are for helping to control weeds, either through mulching, using straw, or maybe even some black plastic. We’re still debating the merits of each method.

sunday stroll 007Besides weed control, my true goal for the garden this year is to simplify and be realistic about what we’ll eat. I don’t needs six types of lettuce and a dozen different herbs, like I’ve grown in the past, since those experiments showed me which varieties our family enjoys most and which do the best in our home garden. I’m also eliminating things that I don’t even like, like peppers, what takes up too much space for too long, like cabbage, and things that my family grows plenty of on their farm, like yellow squash and traditional pumpkins. Eliminating what I don’t like and what I can get elsewhere will enable us to maximize our space with what we’ll really eat. So here’s what I have ordered for seeds this year, from Seeds of Change:

  • lettuce: Roxy and Optima
  • carrots: garden mix
  • sunflowers: Russian Mammoth and Zohar (4-5′)
  • watermelon: Sugar Baby (our first time growing them, but we love this variety)
  • herbs: Genovese basil, dill, Nelly chives, Red Baron scallions
  • pumpkins: Stella Blue and Rouge Vif d’Etamps (Cinderella)
  • pickling cucumbers: Adam

I also plan to add tomatoes, but I will buy seedlings from somewhere when the weather is a little warmer. And the truth is that we don’t need nine plants, probably two regular tomatoes and one cherry tomato will do for us.

I’m also adding to our berry patch and drawf orchard, since an investment up front will give us years of beautiful blossoms in the spring and fruit in the summer and fall. I ordered these from Miller Nurseries:

  • Whitney crabapple (to help with pollination and fruit)
  • Reliance peach
  • CompacStella cherry
  • D’Anjou pear
  • Fall Gold raspberries
  • blueberries: Ivanhoe, Atlantic, Herbert

What’s going on in your garden?

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2 Responses to Real Food: Planting a Victory Garden for Earth Day

  1. I’m cutting back in our garden this year. I think we are going to just do 2 beds so I can have salad greens, beans, tomatoes, peppers, onions (maybe), and a few other little things. I can get cucumbers, squash, melons and cabbage at a great price at the farmer’s markets and use it as I need, so I think while the kids are little, that’s what we’ll do. When they are older and I’m not changing diapers and nursing and running around like a chicken with my head cut off all day, we’ll really go nuts in the garden! For the record, I really look forward to those days!

  2. I love hearing what people are planting! We’re trying to simplify this year as well. Ok, I say that, but I impulsively bought some starts I just couldn’t resist: kohlrabi and artichokes. Come on, so fun! But other than that, I’m being completely realistic. And frugal. Until the next time I walk by the nursery‚Ķ

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