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K is for Kitchen Garden

I love having a kitchen garden. It's hard to do in a city full of wildlife (I have squirrels, possums, raccoons, rabbits, and homeless bipeds roaming my neighborhood), but it's satisfying to grow your own food and things picked fresh are much tastier than store-bought.

I found some of my seeds from previous years this winter. Most are 2-3 years old, since I didn't manage to set up my garden last year. That was probably just as well, as we had a drought all year and I didn't have time to water all the time.

But this year (about a week ago) I set up a flat and decided to see if any of my old seeds will sprout. We'll see. In the meantime, I ordered some weird tomatoes--they get stolen less than the normal sort, and besides, I really like the flavors of most of the stripey and purple varieties.

Oh, and fresh herbs! They're so wonderful.

I can buy great seeds
But not sun, rain, or wildlife
Still, this year, I'll try

I got outside briefly today, and dug up a bit of the garden, pulling out the tufts of grass that took root there over last summer. It was too cold for just my shirt and too hot with my coat on, but I got a bit done before bringing my half-frozen fingers back inside.

pea plot please


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Apr. 15th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
I actually _finally_ started seeds...
Got the seeds started indoors. Stevia, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and heirloom Danvers carrots. So far only one tiny set of stevia leaves but it's been less than a week now.

I'm going to do my damnedest to get the full garden going this year. Depends on how much time I can devote to it though...
Apr. 15th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: I actually _finally_ started seeds...
Yeah, time is always an issue.
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Apr. 15th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Do you have enough sun? Other than not enough light, the hardest thing with indoor plants is the right amount of water; besides giving them good drainage, you need to know if they like damp or mostly dry and then stick your finger into their dirt daily to check it. I haven't found anything that works as well as the finger test.
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Apr. 15th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
Are you feeling the dirt to see how much moisture it has?

Are you trying to keep plants alive that were pushed to bloom in a greenhouse? (That's hard--they are usually in the smallest pot that leaves them healthy enough to bloom and need to be repotted as soon as they're used to the new-local conditions of your home).
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
When I had a yard,
the squirrels, in particular, were too aggressive,
especially after the first year.
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I almost forgot--
(wait for it)
You grow your own kitchen?
Apr. 15th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
Happy Gardening! Mine has gone the way it always does---growing the best it can while being neglected. We had a drought so many plants didn't fare as well as they should have if I'd been up more up on the watering :*(

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