Six words… growing my own fruits and veggies!
[6 Day Old Golden Honeymoon Melon Heirloom Seedlings from Baker Creek Seed Company]
I’ve had a small container garden on my back deck for several years now where I’ve grown my own herbs and other high price tag veggies (e.g. tomatoes, salad greens, etc.) to save a few bucks where ever I can. But this year, I’ve officially had to give food inflation the boot when my favorite Roma tomatoes hit the $5 per pound mark at the local grocery store.
So, I’m reluctantly giving small scale balcony gardening the boot, and decided to cultivate a 64 x 32 plot the back yard to make a full fledged, medium sized vegetable garden.
Aside from having what I suspect will be the best farmer’s tan I’ve ever had in my entire adult life, I expect to have a fairly bountiful harvest beginning in mid-July and continuing until cold weather rolls in October.
The late Spring, early Summer garden will contain:
Naturally, there is quite an upfront cost for supplies since I’m essentially starting from scratch. I dropped $700 on a full size tiller, $300 on fencing supplies (yes I overspent but it looks awesome), around $80 in basic tools, and another $50 or so in seeds and seedlings. (I would also highly recommend buying heirloom seeds from someone like Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company since you can save your seeds, then regrow your crops for generations to come.)
All in all, I’ve spent around $1100 thus far, but most of this can be viewed as capital expenses, but I don’t mind since I’ll be reusing them year after year (or keep them in storage).
I’m also fairly sure there will be new fruits and veggies added to the garden as word gets out that I’ve restarted an old family tradition. My family is rather quirky about such things, so I’ve left ample room for late stragglers who want to get in a late request for some esoteric veggie like beets or ground cherries. I’m sure my sweet tooth will probably get the best of me, and I’ll cave for a few blueberry plants as well.
Later in the summer, I’m sure I’ll plant some green onions, garlic, and other high potency herbs on the periphery of the garden that will satisfy our endless need for out of the norm flavors (I am a wannabe chef after all), but should also serve as a natural deterrent for the local wildlife. So let’s hope Bambi gets one taste of the rosemary, mint, or garlic, and decides that jumping the 4 to 5 foot fence isn’t worth the extra effort.
So what do you think… am I completely nuts? (And no Green Acres jokes!)