Summer Projects: Veggie Gardening

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This is my tomato seedling. Isn’t it precious?
I just found out that if you put a seed in a bit of dirt, things tend to grow out of it. FOOD grows out of it, in fact. FREE FOOD. evenbetter tomato
This summer I’m planting raised beds in my backyard and growing a full-on vegetable garden. But this is really out of my realm. I, historically, have had little follow-through with projects. My thumbs are neither green nor used to ironing out snags, set-backs and mistakes. My thumbs easily give up and watch Netflix instead. So this is a true test of overcoming obstacles and nobody has faith in me.

I did a LOT of reading online. I read every single website, trialed every software, and watched a multitude of youtube videos about gardening. Then I bought fluorescent lights, set up an indoor starter kit and planted lettuce, tomatoes and peas. These are my peas, their little arms reach out and curl tightly like the baby hairs on J.Lo’s forehead.
betterPeas Anyway… my lettuce died. Yep, they grew and grew and then….they stopped growing. And shriveled, and limped, and lay dead. I failed…essentially, immediately.

But this is not the end of the story. I have some strange resolve about this whole thing –it’s a matter of character! It’s way too easy to quit. It’s way too easy to let my partner win as he laughs in my face watching me chuck another 30 lettuce baby seedlings in the garbage, their tiny leaves slanting, pleading “Why mommy whyyyyyy!!!!”

I threw the babies in the garbage. But I planted a new batch and by God, I read another sleuth of blogs, journals, reports, statistics –I stayed up past 10:00pm on weeknights and I figured out my mistake.

I confess, sadly, that I don’t often figure out my mistakes. I move on and never look back.

The story of my first-born lettuces was that they were “Leggy”, a ridiculous condition in which the stem grows too long to reach the source of light, and the plant exhausts itself by doing that. And then it can’t really grow leaves, and it’s stunted. So I adjusted my fluorescent lights for the new batch. They hover reeeeeally close to the seedlings, an inch or so above them. Indoor PlantsIf you’re thinking of growing anything, don’t be daunted. It’s an easy 4 ingredient recipe: soil, seeds, water and light. Here’s to the first day of Spring and soon to be successful summer projects!

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Here you will find food stories about the recipes I tackle in my kitchen. I promise to always be experimental. There may be food flops and poetic blunders. It’ll be reverse logic - good food that looks bad, bad food that looks amaaaazing, a solid try, a lazy attempt, a ton of stuff and little bits of nothing.

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