Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gardening Success!



See? I grew a cabbage. Sauerkraut time!

Of course... this rich Smyrna soil has yielded up a lot more than that. I pulled in baskets of potatoes yesterday... and the tomatoes and cucumbers just keep coming.

Today I planted beets and cabbage again, hopefully for a fall harvest. My complete area under cultivation is about 25' x 40'. Not bad, but I do wish I had more space. I'd like an acre or so... but what can a poor suburbanite do?

(Oh... and by the way... those of you who have anonymously suggested I'm a "disgruntled Republican" because of my criticism of government spending, let me put your minds at ease. See? I have an organic garden. That means I CAN'T be Republican. Truthfully, though... I'm basically a libertarian. I believe individuals have a right to their own lives with little interference from the State. And spending other people's money is just plain evil. My guess is we have about 100 days or so until the next phase of the crash. Bush and Obama are both equally culpable [and economically clueless] and I couldn't care less whether a D or an R won the last race. The real problems are the Federal Reserve and the Bankers. That's all. Now... let's talk gardening!)

Anyone have any tales to share?

5 comments:

joe said...

How about a pic of the garden? I've been thinking about trying to make one. What do you end up doing with the extra veggies?

David Yener Goodman said...

I should post a pic - I need to get out there with a camera!

As for the extras, we do a lot of home preservation. Canning, pickling and drying. Last year we put up probably 100 jars or so and a bunch of dried pears, tomatoes, etc. It's a bit of a learning curve, but I think growing your own food is quite worthwhile. And as the economy deteriorates, I've run into more and more friends that are now getting interested in gardening.

You should definitely give it a try. Even growing in a small container will help you pick up some skills.

Composting, mulching and planting the right thing at the right time all make a difference. My entire garden prep this year probably cost me less than $100. And it's making much more than that in food. I save hundreds thorough the summer... and into the winter.

My co-blogger, Village Farmer, is quite knowledgeable too.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Way to go. Wish we could set up a little farmer's market on Saturday mornings in that big ol' empty parking lot by the train depot. It'd give us all a chance to come out and meet our neighbors and share ideas on growing and what not.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Way to go. Wish we could set up a little farmer's market on Saturday mornings in that big ol' empty parking lot by the train depot. It'd give us all a chance to come out and meet our neighbors and share ideas on growing and what not.

David Yener Goodman said...

That's a great idea. I'll bet it would be pretty easy to talk that over with the Town. I'm sure they'd love to have the extra traffic to our pretty little "historic" district.

I certainly have some I could sell. And I'd love to buy local.