Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'll just do it myself

In light of my recent repulsion of eating livestock that sat in their own poop their entire lives and were so sick that they couldn't walk to the slaughter floor so a forklift had to pick them up, sick and dying...

And also because bringing in strawberries from 3,000 miles has quite the impact on the environment and leaves many mysteries about pesticides and fertilizers used on fruit and veggies...

And because I'm a control freak...

And because Adam has such fond memories of his parent's vegetable garden as a child...

We're just going to do it ourselves.  A vegetable garden is in our future.  Is it really time to start seeds already?  We have NO IDEA what we're doing.  I don't have the slightest clue how to grow anything edible and could use a hint or two about vegetable gardening in the suburbs.  I'm guessing we will create a 15'x20' space for the garden.  Any clues would be very appreciated!

Also, I'm looking for a local farm to buy chicken, pork and beef from.  Suggestions?

In the meantime, we've decided to use Green Bean Delivery for most of our fruit and produce.  We ordered our first box last week and it arrived today.  Yum!

The Green Bean box
Jonah & Jude opening our first bean box

Carrots, green beans, HUGE mushrooms, banana toffee bread, yummy cereal for Jude,
strawberries, a pineapple, bread, salad greens and an onion
Jude ripped open the strawberries immediately and stuck one in his mouth, stem and all


  1. Pacing the Panic Room had a good post about raised beds a while ago. That's definitely a good way to go. Raised beds keep heat and moisture in the dirt longer, which is nice during dry spells. Also, composting is a nice, cheap way to improve upon your chances. It means you make less waste and then you get to put all sorts of good things into your soil like coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.

  2. Raising stuff from seed can be sort of challenging. We have had mixed luck with some things from seed (Kate actually got tomatoes to come out ok) and others are highly rewarding likes green beans. We do green beans from seed every year and they turn out great. With your setup you can grow so much good stuff. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, tomatoes...etc... If you are looking to get started I would buy some starts for tomatoes and a few other plants and do green beans (make sure to get bush no pole) and you will be all set. Next stop after that....canning!

  3. Thanks for the tips! Lots of work to do:)