Saturday, May 15, 2010
I am going to share a few pictures of my garden. Here~ I am going to throw this out to you. I want to be a farmer. Not the kind of farmer that has huge farm equipment and acres upon acres of Midwestern soy and corn. A little dream of mine~ some land, a small tractor, and several acres of garden. (Toss some goats, chicken, and cows into the mix too!)
Some day I want to go outside to pick all of our food. I want you to be able to come to my house and when you ask "whats for dinner?" I will open the back door and set you free.
For now, though, the back door will take you into a pretty typical suburban back yard with lots of shade, swing set, picnic table and unfortunately some dog poo. For three years now I have struggled with how best to garden in my current yard. This year I finally did what I should have done from the start.
I tore out landscaping to make room for a garden. And, frankly it is beautiful. Instead of some bushes in the front yard we now have a lovely little crop of lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower. I did not plant annual flowers in my pots this year either. I planted cilantro, basil, dill, and starter tomatoes. In the back yard I ripped up bushes and planted several rows of peas, Lima beans, green beans, and peppers, cantaloupe, pumpkin and several varieties of squash. My lavender is doing great too. In addition, I started a little garden in some open space at my mother-in-law's home.
In addition we joined a community supported agriculture program this year, but that is a another story which I am going to share more about very soon.
Here are a couple of pictures. My lettuce and cilantro are ready to start eating.
Call me Katie ~ suburban farmer. You don't have to own a lot of land to have a nice garden! Make do with what you have a be creative!
Any other suburban farmers out there?
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