Monday, September 22, 2008

Planting a Vegetable Garden

My Victory Garden is done and I am one happy gardener. It took five hours and six people to plant my little patch of heaven. I am totally excited about my garden but what stands out the most are the people who volunteered. I am so grateful for this gift. I spent the day with people donating their time to learn about gardening. I can't think of something that I'd rather do. What an amazing feeling to be helped by others. View pics of how it all happened here.

As we worked I chatted with Brooke the Victory Garden coordinator about what this garden meant to me. This garden is another step towards self reliance. I am producing a little bit of my own food! This is wonderful! I am pulling ever so slightly away from my dependence on others to feed my family. And with this new independence, I am gaining back a little more control of my life.

For me, my garden is a symbol of each persons ability to eat healthy foods and even grow a little bit of their own food. By breaking away from the conveniences of modern life and doing more things myself, I am finding a more rewarding and conscious life with less dependencies.

Here's what we planted:

herbs: oregano, thyme, marjoram
bok choy
spinach seeds
chervil seeds
carrot seeds
snap peas

Brooke says that the lettuce will be ready to start harvesting in a week and the kale will last me through the winter. In three months time, most of these vegetables will have given me all that they got so I'll need to replace them with other vegetables that grow well in the next season.

If you live in San Francisco or its vicinity and want to grow a vegetable garden, Brooke recommends reading, "Golden Gate Gardening."

Victory Garden Post 1
Victory Garden Post 2
Victory Garden Post 3


Lydia said...

How exciting! I thought of you today as I whizzed through my list of errands (while Taylor was at preschool). I worked up until it was time to pick her up, so I didn't get a chance to swing by this morning. Can't wait to see it the next time we're over! :-)

Thystle said...


What did you plant?

Spinach and Honey said...

Hi Thystle - I updated my post with the vegetables that we planted.

amyjeangraff said...

Congratulations! So exciting!

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