In our continued attempt to eat more locally and organically, we tried to grow a veggie garden this year. We suck at veggie gardening. Or maybe just our dirt was depleted. In August, when our plants were still the same size as they had been in May, we did a soil test. Yup, needs fertilizer. So the wise and bearded one made us some raised beds, we filled them with good dirt and planted a “winter garden”. So far, nothing has died. And some of our seeds even sprouted. We have one green pepper plant that is consistently cranking out the green peppers and we’ve had a few tomatoes so far. Kinda pathetic, but there’s hope–the rainy season has started and the earth is soaking it up in big hungry gulps.
In the meantime, we decided to try Organics to You (basically they gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse). This company buys local, organic produce and delivers it to your door. Here’s what came in the “Small Bin”:
-4 little plums
-a passel of green beans
-kale…how to eat that? Amy says saute it in butter and garlic
-all for the low introductory price of 14 dollars since we signed up at the Muddy Boots Festival
My major concern is that we won’t actually eat all of this abundance before some of it goes bad. We barely make it through a bag of greens some weeks. I do love the element of mystery–although you can check the website to see what’s coming, I’d rather just be surprised when I get home from work on Tuesday night. Also, I’m interested to learn to eat different fruits and vegetables than the sort of standard shopping list that we usually grab. We’ll do it again, unless our own little plot of earth starts miraculously producing a harvest.