This summer, I am going to test my green thumb and/or my farmer family roots and start a legitimate fruit and vegetable garden. I can manage to not kill (most) potted plants and last summer I threw a few pre-sprouted plants into the ground they managed to do pretty well. This year, I want to expand my operation and start with seeds and grow my own produce.
This is not because I am some organic food loving hippie, (I have many problems with organic farming not the least of which is the blatant waste of land on crops that fail to yield because some fucking hippie can’t stand a bit of fertilizer on their damn grapes.) but because local produce that is picked at the perfect point of ripeness is absolutely delicious. As a kid, I hated tomatoes until my mom grew some cherry tomatoes in our back yard. Since then, I will only eat Ontario/Canada tomatoes BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST SO MUCH BETTER. I made my own pasta sauce with home-grown tomatoes last year and it was amazing and I want to eat it forever.
I already have 6 strawberry plants, rhubarb, and a potentially dead raspberry bush. (It may or may not have survived the winter since it didn’t have very long to establish roots before the cold weather hit.) I am planning to plant cherry, yellow, and regular tomatoes, cucumbers, hot and sweet peppers, zucchini, and maybe a watermelon plant.
I am pretty excited to see how this all turns out. I have a lot of time on my hands and gardening isn’t really that hard. You just have to make sure you plant it in an appropriately sunny area and have enough nutrient-rich soil. Then during dry spells give it enough water and toss some fertilizer on it to improve yield if you aren’t an asshole. Rip out any weeds if you find any and that is about all it takes. I bought some wire racks to help the plants grow taller without breaking/leaning and have chicken wire to keep jerk birds and squirrels away from my plants, but that isn’t even necessary.
Later in the summer I’ll post some updated pictures, but this is my starting point.