“Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof. Take that Poppy seed, for instance: it lies in your palm, the merest atom of matter, hardly visible, a speck, a pin’s point in bulk, but within it is imprisoned a spirit of beauty ineffable, which will break its bonds and emerge from the dark ground and blossom in a splendor so dazzling as to baffle all powers of description.” ~ Celia Thaxter
My first year trying to grow veggies was 2014. I did what most probably do and gleefully purchased a variety of seeds. I learned through talking with friends that I only wanted to grow veggies that we would eat. That seems like a given but it truly isn’t. We had neighbors who grew a lot of radishes – way too many and had to give them away. Luckily, my children like to eat veggies and are always eager to learn.
This year I planted the usual family favorites; various tomatoes and lettuces, carrots, onions, eggplant, red/yellow/green peppers, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, okra, strawberries, potatoes and jalapeno peppers.
I’ve also added some multicolored corn and carrots, white strawberries, large strawberries, purple cherries and tomatoes, lemon tree, raspberries, blueberries, mandarin tree, apple tree, Stevia (yes, the sweetener), chocolate mint, oregano, basil, green beans, and many, many flowers to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
Since we live in a dry area (NM), I have a greenhouse and pot or above ground box all of my plants, including the corn. I have many plants inside my house too.
All of my veggies were seeds that I planted, with the exception of the “rescues”. I am known for buying plants that don’t look well and bring them back to health.
** A funny side story – My middle daughter’s high school forestry teacher, told her that she couldn’t plant tomato seeds as part of her final project because they don’t grow here in northern NM.
She laughed and said my mom grows them and they are huge! He asked her to take pics for proof and invited me to come speak to the class.
Along with gardening, I wanted to add eggs to our family food independence. Growing our own vegetables, we control what chemicals do NOT go on our food and the kiddos learn not only how to grow their own food but where their food comes from. Having chickens is the same process. We control what the chickens eat and we have family pets. Did I mention how cool chickens are?!
Here are a few photos of our spring baby chicks (2 Brahma, 2 Americana, and 1 Rhode Island Heritage). We purchased our chicks from a local farm store and yes, we name them ❤