Musical pairing – Waitin’ on a Sunny Day by Bruce Springsteen
This is the time of year when I get antsy to get outside and dig in the dirt – and it’s been a particularly llllooonnngggg winter; in fact, I’d dare say it’s been quite the winter for lots of folks. But when I see my West Coast and Southern food bloggers waxing poetic about their strawberry shortcakes with Chantilly cream, fava bean salads, spring risottos with asparagus or rhubarb cakes, I must admit I get a wee bit jealous and begin plotting my exodus from the cold Midwest . . . and if my mother-in-law is reading this . . . I’m kidding . . . sort of . . .
We’ve always had lovely flower gardens complete with a Koi pond, roses, hydrangeas, purple cone flowers, black-eyed susans, phlox, peonies and such but last summer The Professor and I planted a vegetable garden. Filled with goodies like carrots, beets, patty-pan zucchini, onions and broccoli; we also planted 4 extra large pots with tomatoes, eggplant, radishes, lettuce and kale. And we planted strawberry beds, some rhubarb, a blueberry and raspberry bush and a peach tree. Needless-to-say, we ate very well and still managed to catch the farmer’s market almost every Saturday – it’s one of our very favorite things to do when the weather turns nice!
This year we, The Professor, started our plants from seeds using a couple of Aerogardens which we’ll then transplant into the pots and garden bed we dug last year, but we also purchased a 4’x8′ raised bed which also acts like a cold frame/greenhouse. We are super excited about it and I’ll be blogging about our garden experience right here. I’m no expert when it comes to gardening but if you have any questions I’ll try to answer them or if you’d like to share your own gardening experiences, I’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a list of what we’ll be growing this year: celery, kale, san marzano tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, red onion, sweet and hot peppers, fennel, lettuce, arugula, kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, beets, radishes, butternut squash, cucumbers, green beans, swiss chard and a variety of herbs. Uhm . . . putting this list together makes me wonder if The Professor got carried away??!! I don’t know whether to be excited or exhausted???
I’ll be making jams and jellies as well a pickling some of the veg and I may break out my canning skills from years ago – again I’ll share our experience with all of you!
I’ve got my garden gloves and shoes dusted off and am ready to go when the ground warms up but for now, I’m just going to have to settle with looking at these pictures taken of last year’s garden.
Will you be gardening this year, big or small?