I was outside yesterday picking some yellow squash that was getting rather large, when I noticed the orange tops of a few carrots peeking through the surface of some nearby soil. I decided to grab the greens of those carrots and give a nice tug. Surprisingly, some fully grown carrots appeared in my hand, like magic.
I say this like it’s a miracle because it sort of is. Last year, when I attempted this stunt, I ended up with dozens of half-grown carrots that we devoured the very night I pulled them from the earth. This time, I waited and waited and then pulled them out. And this time, I’m thinking they were fully grown. A little short, but fat like they’re supposed to be.
While I was out there, I decided to grab a couple of beets that were looking me in the eye as well as the squash I referred to earlier. Here is a photo of this particular haul.
I get about this much (random vegetables), plus tons of greens, about every other day. It’s getting to be overwhelming and the tomatoes aren’t even ready yet.
Ever since I began growing some of our own food, I’ve become a huge proponent of backyard gardening. The reason for this is simple; so many folks can do it. Believe it or not, even if you don’t have any property on which to set up a real garden per se, you can grow your own basil plants on a windowsill inside your home or apartment. There are many ways you can get away with taking an up close look at how nature works and save some money at the grocery store to boot.
Regarding the backyard garden, it’s not that difficult to set up. And it’s not expensive at all. If you have grass, any grass, head out and purchase two 2×12″ pieces of pine lumber. Then, cut those pieces in half (they can do that at the store) and screw the corners together so the wood forms a square. Then, do the math for how much cubic footage you have inside the square (16 cubic feet) and head out and buy some garden soil from a local hardware store or garden shop. Place the square on the grass where the sun is the brightest and fill that square up with dirt. Come late May, plant a bunch of seeds according to the instructions on the packet and within a few months, you’ll be writing blog posts like I am right now. The best part is, the majority of the expense only happens once – at the beginning. Every year, the food you pick from your garden gets less and less expensive because it’s paying back your investment cost, which was minimal.
I think everyone should grow something. If nothing else, do the basil because it’s so easy. You can even get these plants already growing in the grocery store. They have them in pots. Basil is so expensive and is called for in so many recipes. There’s almost nothing to lose.
Do you have any questions about setting up a garden? If so, please ask me in the comment section below. As you might have noticed, I’m just jonesing to talk about this kind of thing.