At work recently, the topic of tomatoes came up. 3 out of the 4 people at the table areand other vegetables. And recently I found out that both my sisters had started veggie gardens as well. As different as we all are, we shared a common desire to cultivate a little plot of land. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the recession or a desire to avoid pesticides. Maybe it’s just part of our ancestral DNA to want to grow things?
My husband and I started our vegetable garden this year. We’ve grown herbs for years but somehow never got around to vegetables. We started with 3 san marzano tomato plants, 3 varieties of bell peppers and a zucchini plant.
In the first week, birds nearly destroyed two of the bell pepper plants. We had a wired fence around the small garden but nothing at the top to prevent swooping, hungry birds. By the time the bell peppers recovered, we ran into a second problem. We had not spaced the plants far enough from each other. The tomato plants were growing out of control and the zucchini had become a weedy monster! I guess we should have read up on growing vegetables beforehand.
A few weeks after the initial planting, we went on a two-week vacation. When we got back, the zucchini had doubled in size and small red tomatoes dotted the tall vines. The bell peppers were hidden under the zucchini leaves and we have yet to find a full-grown bell pepper. However, we’ve been rewarded with a lot of fresh tomatoes, zucchini flowers and a few baby zucchinis. We’ve already expanded our garden with 2 more zucchini plants (this time, planted far away from the rest!) and plan to grow garlic, bell peppers (again), more tomatoes, radicchio, garlic and black salsify.
Hopefully by this time next year, we’ll have more vegetables than we know what to do with. This is one hobby that I wished we had started sooner.