It is hard to believe that month has passed already! The garden has grown so much. We are eating so well. My grocery bill has fallen by such a large margin I was shocked. Not only has the garden been incredibly rewarding to take care of and watch grow, it is now finally saving us money! Many, many types of veggies, greens, and herbs are ripe. The corn and sunflowers are taller than me. We are eating so many peppers and green beans. Arugula is overwhelming our refrigerator. One batch of lettuce has come and gone and a new one is planted between the rows of corn.
In an unexpected turn of events, there are too many egg plants! Seriously, I never thought I would say that but I have too much eggplant. I have had to ask Roomie #1’s friend, StripClub Greg (long story behind his name HAHA). There are many recipes that he plans to make for us. Yum! I can’t wait. Sometimes, It is hard to imagine new recipes for ingredients that you have too much of so it is really nice that we will have another person coming to cook for us.
Now that the garden is going so strong, the next planning stage has come. The next stage in the ever growing garden repertoire adventure has been to grow all the new plants from seed.
So far, I have grown all of these things from seed!
- brussels sprouts
- spring onion
- butternut squash
- green beans
- summer squash
On Earth Day, I planted another batch of seedlings and posted on Instagram. So many people responded to the post! It feels great to show others that it is easy to have a garden and to feed yourself real food. In the process, you improve the quality of your neighborhood and the lives of all sorts of people around you.
My garden has already had an impact on the neighborhood. My back neighbor (she
gets to be “the Doctor” in this blog) has even started growing her own container garden. It is getting stronger every day. Both Roomies are pitching in and helping with the garden as well. Roomie #1 (who wasn’t very involved with the garden) even helped plant carrots and spinach in the new bed that I dug out early in the month!
Ever expanding, this garden will eventually be able to grow enough vegetables to keep me away from the grocery store most of the time! I can’t wait. So much healthier and SO much cheaper. $1.50 for a package of seeds that will grow a ton of heirloom tomatoes versus $5.99/lb for tomatoes at the grocery store? You know which I pick!
It isn’t hard. Get out there and grow something this summer. It is the perfect time of year to get things in the ground. Even if it is just a couple of pots or even a basil plant by your kitchen sink, planting something will feel so good. Go for it!