Inspiration 1

Feeling inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  It reminds me of this bookexcept without the trial-and-error aspect. It was published later but seemed more relatable.  Maybe because I didn’t read AVM very closely. But where were the failed projects & chicken predators? Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was a book that intended to be inspiring, and it worked.

I looked at CSAs, since I’ve failed at plants many times before.  Then I remembered Boston Organics, where we didn’t really like the food, since we only eat a few types of vegetables.  We eat: 25% frozen peas, frozen peppers, frozen spinach, 20% green peppers, 20% onions, 5% seasonings (basil, garlic, ginger & scallions), 20% broccoli, 10% tomatoes (fruit?),  <1% arugula, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, & brussels sprouts.  That’s it for our vegetable consumption.  I’m impressed that it’s over 10 different vegetables & seasonings. I thought it would even be less than that.

Let’s just say that a drastic change would probably result in another fail, which is not what I want.  Know thyself and all that jazz.

Since we’ve had vegetable-related failure (Boston Organics and my poor homegrown plants), and because our palates are not open to diversity, I decided to go to the farmer’s market next year rather than getting a CSA share. Also, I’d like to buy some seeds and give it another go. My next idea is to go to the farmer’s market when it starts again in the spring.  And maybe plant 1 or 2 things more than last year.  My plants last year weren’t a total fail.  The successes were 2 pepper plants (1 even grew an edible pepper) and two giant basil plants. The tomato plant did okay but a hungry worm got the only tomato.  And the garlic grew more in a basket in the kitchen than it did in the dirt.

I found some planting calendars here, here, and here.  One of them seems to indicate you can start tomato seeds in mid-February. That’s only 3 months away, can you believe it!


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