Val’s Veggie Ventures…Phase 1

So I’ve decided to have my own vegetable patch. This was an idea that crossed my mind purely by chance one afternoon and I found it going straight out of my mouth to my brother. And now that I’ve said it aloud, I feel I may as well follow through.

I know absolutely NOTHING about growing vegetables. I’ve heard worms are good to have. I hope I get over my stomach-crawling reaction to seeing one. I also do not have a green thumb. I had 2 hanging ivy plants my mom gave me when I moved into my first apartment. She currently has both of them in an effort to save them from imminent death (they were looking a little brown when I turned them over to her). I bought 2 orchids, because I love them, and they are looking a little drowned (and I haven’t watered them in a month!). Let’s just say that I’m hoping that I just picked the high maintenance plants, and that veggies will go a little better.

Luckily for me, there was once a vegetable garden in our front yard. My mom used to grow vegetables. I’d guess its probably 10-15 wide and 20-25 ft long. She enclosed it with nice white lattice to keep the deer out and it has a gate and latch. It grew fertile ripe vegetables to top off a sandwich or add to a salad. Sounds wonderful. I’m sure it was wonderful. But as a kid, it was the pits!! Who wants to weed or grow tomatoes to put on sandwiches?? Eww…

All of that, however, was many many moons ago. Like, close to 2,920 moons. Which, as we all know, is about 8 years. So, unluckily for me, this garden has had about a decade to grow miniature trees, minuscule weeds, and lots and lots of leaves. Also, I had to unscrew the gate latch because the wood has warped and its too far apart to open the latch. The lattice is still mostly in tact, enough to keep away the deer anyways.

So this is what we’re workin’ with:

Oh, and we have an “apple tree” in the middle that never made any apples. Not so bad right? My own little spot of hard work & reward.

Eeek. I’m gonna need some guidance.


About Farm the Start

I grew up in cities from North Carolina all the way to Asia, but never really interacted with farm animals or farmers until I began college at Virginia Tech as an Animal & Poultry Sciences Major. I thought I would become a vet for puppies and kitties. Little did I know what I would learn and the love I'd find for the lifestyle, practices, people and animals involved in food production.

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Val's Veggie Ventures and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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