Now Kansas isn’t unique for being a place that one can grow a vegetable garden, but this city girl certainly wasn’t doing it in Los Angeles. Sure we had some fruit trees growing up, but up until the last few years I’ve never tilled the ground, planted seeds, watered and cared for the plants and picked a harvest.
This year was our first in the house with the enormous vegetable plot. We planted maybe a third of the plot with a variety of vegetables. We had mixed success: the lettuce thrived, but tasted terrible; the broccoli grew in September but was plagued with bugs; the peppers (save SPICY jalapenos) failed to grow; the cucumbers thrived for a few weeks and then died in the summer heat; and the tomato plants produced fairly late in the season. We just had our first frost this week, and I was forced to pick TONS of tomatoes before they were ready. I’m going to experiment with green tomato sauces and salsas later on this winter and we’re going to try and plant earlier and smarter next year.
For now, I’ll just be a little amazed that I can grow my own food and enjoy it.