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A Glimpse Into The Garden: Growing Our Own Food

Hay all! Happy summer days are here! Back in the spring, I was lucky enough to meet the good crew from Victory Gardens, a group of amazingly skilled ladies whose simple promise is quite eloquently to ‘help you grow food’. What followed was the installation of a gorgeously appointed urban garden right smack in the front of my house (yeah I know! Convenient right?) – and perfectly situated to showcase the plants.

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We are growing arugula, spinach, lettuce, kale & broccoli – and my green smoothies have NEVER tasted sweeter, fresher, or more vibrant. I’m hooked! Are you growing this year? If so, what?

See you all on the flip side of my New York adventure – and be sure to check out Not So Fast’s latest initiative! Help us feed families with the same beauty you see here.

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10 responses to “A Glimpse Into The Garden: Growing Our Own Food

    1. Hi Meredith! If you don’t mind I’m gonna jump in here as I’m always keen to help get new food growers…growing! First off – DO IT! ‘Someday’ may as well be today and every year is going to be full of learning, whether it’s about sun needs, your soil or how the individual plant grows. I suggest getting your hands on a planting schedule that is aligned to your zone. If you are based in Vancouver, I really like the calendar that West Coast Seeds offers in their hardcopy catalogue. It’s a great visual to let you know when to plant seeds, start indoors or transplant each type of veggie or herb. I too love the veggies you mentioned. AND you could have this up and going right away too, but I do suggest going to your local farmers market (better chance of local, organic, less costly) and buying starters of the peppers and cauliflower. Everything else can still be started by seed as the soil really just warmed up enough for the heat lovers. I would even buy some kale too, and then plant kale seeds alongside it for two successions. The peppers will want to be kept hot, even hotter than tomatoes so out of wind, full sun, and possibly with some clear plastic you could create a little greenhouse effect until the sun really gets pumping. Kale likes full sun too, but could get a little less sun than all the other heat lovers on your list. So, I suppose a start for you would be to get your bed ready – whether raised or in ground. With fresh garden soil you won’t need to add anything more (such as compost or manure) this year as it’ll be full of nutrients and ready to plant in. So then just plunk in your plants. None of the ones you mentioned are incompatible with the others so don’t fear that. Just give the plants the space they need (told to you on the tags in the starter plants) or from info you find online. Next year you might decide to plant things closer – but for this year, just sorta do things ‘by the books’ and as you gain knowledge in the garden, you can start learning what you can cram together a bit. Hmm…I hope this is all helpful to you. GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!! Oh yes, and you’ll find lots of great info by myself and a few other bloggers on the Agrarian Organics ‘Grow Blog’. We have a many levels of growers on there, including newbies to really break it down for you too. Okay, this is my last thing to say – EVERYTHING WANTS TO GROW…so if you plunk a plant or seed in good soil and make sure it has sun and water….I trust you’ll be a success! Bye!

  1. Yowza everything looks so gorgeous and tasty! Kel is in charge of gardening around here because, well, I’ve got the proverbial black thumb. It’s now too hot for greens, but he’s got all kinds of other goodies going (strawberries, I’m lookin’ at you!).

  2. Beautiful piece of veggie heaven Shira! Gardening can be so therapeutic and relaxing- I absolutely adore this time of year. This year I am growing Dino & Red Kale, Swiss Chard, Sweet peas, 4 different types of peppers, about 9 varieties of tomatoes, carrots, herbs, sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds Butternut Squash, Cheese Pumpkin, Bok Choi, Cucumbers, Lettuce mix, Leeks, Cauliflower & 2 varieties of Broccoli, Arugula, Radish & beets and I will be trying my hand at Sweet Potatoes and Red Potatoes! Plus My flower gardens 🙂

  3. This is gorgeous! I just recently planted my own little herb “garden” (it’s in quotes because it’s more of a box on my doorstep). I call myself an urban farmer now 🙂 Can’t wait for the day that I can grow all these goodies as well!

  4. Love the raised beds. My parents swear by them. This year I’m going lots of tomatoes, swiss chard, and peppers. Oh and of course lots of herbs: basil, sage, thyme, mint, and rosemary.

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