Yesterday I planted our garden plot, and now I’ve nothing to do but water and wait. It wouldn’t be such a nerve-wracking proposition, but I’ve not planted a garden since I was a child.
One of the biggest selling points of our very rustic cottage was the spacious backyard with it’s enclosed garden plot (20×23 feet); my husband and myself were rubbing our [hopefully] green thumbs together with the promise of a bountiful summer harvest. My husband took care to start our seedlings in April, and they came along nicely – lots of tomatoes, some basil, and peppers. Most of what I planted this week was not in the form of a seedling; much of our garden is being started straight from the seed, which is even more nerve-wracking for me (as I keep checking for signs of progress daily). Here is a list of the wonderful fruits, vegetables, and herbs we hope to be enjoying from our garden this summer:
San Marzano Tomatoes
Black Krim Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Bell Peppers
I have visions of having more zucchini than I know what to do with (grilled, baked, used in baking, etc.), wonderfully fresh caprese salads with juicy heirloom tomatoes and vibrant basil leaves, strolling through the yard plucking blueberries and strawberries for snacks, teaching Declan how to shell peas, amazing roasted beet salads with goat cheese, summer salads with a bit of fresh dill and basil tossed with the greens. Yes, I have plans for this garden.
I envision packing my root cellar (we don’t really have a root cellar, but our cellar is unfinished with a dirt floor – that’s the same, right?) with butternut and spaghetti squash to last us through the winter. If I become really ambitious, our pantry (root cellar) will be packed full of wonderfully canned vegetables from this garden, enough to enjoy throughout the winter. I think I’m having a Laura Ingalls Wilder moment here.
In reality, I’m really hoping to enjoy a few tomatoes, because I’ve never been able to grow tomatoes (my apartment balcony container gardens never really took off). If our other veggies grow, and we have some success with the squash, I will consider it an accomplishment, no matter how large [or small] the bounty.