And then I bought Allan this book for Christmas....... He was convicted and inspired and I thought I would leave it at that and see what become of it all........... And then I picked up the book and was similarly struck. It is not only a very informative book but also beautifully written and I have SO enjoyed reading it.
We do not have the land or climate they do but we are determined to maximize our growing space this year and to extend our season into the Fall/Winter as best we can. We found that several of our friends were also going to plant veggie gardens of various sizes so we got together and had a garden planning "meeting" over a potluck dinner. Our good friend Laura sourced some wonderful soil for us all and delivered it!! We love you Laura!
David found a packet of seeds he got last year at an Environmental Leadership Camp he went to and we discovered the seed company was only a few minutes away that had organic and heirloom seeds. Allan and the kids went there on Friday and hit the motherload of seeds which threatened to completely overwhelm them until the Master Gardener in the store, a very cool dude with encyclopedic knowledge of what to grow and how, gave them tons of great advice.
The kids made a plan of the bed in a 1'x1' grid and figured out what could go where and when, then they measured out the actual bed and planted what needed to go in today. Other seeds were started in "incubator cells" and will be kept indoors until the air is warm enough to transplant them to the bed. We got some pavers and created a space for the tomato plants to sit on and Allan and Lindsay planned a herb box they want to build together.
|The potatoes are started|
|Urban Farrners in the pouring rain|
|Seed incubators prepared|
|This kid loves to get her hands dirty|
|Math in the garden - measuring grids|
|David carefully "draws" his lines|
|Tiny little carrot seeds|
So veggie garden 2011 is off to a flying start. What am I doing to help you may ask?? I am the recorder and journal keeper. I am keeping a written journal (a la Barbara Kingsolver) so that we can remember what went in when and what the yields were etc. so next year we will be able to build on the successes.
We are determined to be "Locavores" as much as we can but especially in the summer months. I am inspired to dehydrate (anyone got a food dehydrator they want to sell) and can and make into sauces and freeze as much local summer produce as I can to get us through the Fall and Winter without buying a vegetable that has travelled across the world to get to my table.
I am delighted that tonight we are eating a filet of salmon that we bought last summer off the local boats in Steveston and froze......YUM.