Womp Womp…2015 Backyard Farm

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You get what you give and this year we didn’t give as much as we have in years past to our family garden. It’s not all bad, but it is not the best we can do and that’s OK. We’re busy full time working parents with multiple interests and hobbies. This year we tilted the hobby scale away from gardening and toward video game design (husband) and nutrition therapy practitioner certification prep work (me, obvi). The reality is that there are not enough hours in the day to commit to all of our interests and keep the kids fed and happy. Hence the “womp womp” in the title of this post. To bring you up to speed, here is how some things turned out…

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It’s a funny story, actually. We planted pole bean seeds which are not at all hard to grow. Except when cute little jerk bunnies eat the seedlings to the ground! But that’s OK, we bought transplants. Only they were bush bean transplants, not pole beans. Not the same. Ugh. Somehow one pole bean plant survived, so maybe we’ll have a few late season beans. Doesn’t make for much of a hideout though. Oh well, next time.

Lame kale. 

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The leafy greens in the front are rainbow chard and they are kicking butt. The sad, skinny, green leaves in the back are two varieties of kale. I’ve always said kale is so easy to grow and I’m not sure where we went wrong this year. Maybe not enough compost tea. Who knows.

Herbs! 

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A garden isn’t a garden without plenty of fresh herbs. I’m grateful you can’t really screw them up. Parsley just needs plenty of water and to be picked at often. Good thing I love fresh parsley on just about everything and especially using it for pesto!

Colorful carrots

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I guess the carrots are a success this year too! I just love how purple these carrots are and how carroty they taste! If you haven’t tried carrots in your garden, put them on the list for next season. You’ll be glad you did!

Future cabbage heads.

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My sister and brother-in-law are moving to the North East from Northern CA in two weeks. I’m SUPER excited because my big sista has lived in CA for half my life and she is moving right down the road from us. It’s a big deal. To thank them for finally getting their butts to the East Coast, I planted them some cabbage. It’s what all great sisters do, naturally. Plus, my bro-in-law promised to share some of the homemade kraut he’ll make with the cabbage. Can’t pass up an offer for sauerkraut!

The thing about gardening is that every year is not the same and there are so many variables that can mess things up or make for a perfect harvest – weather, soil quality, pests, cute little jerk bunnies, level of commitment and maintenance. The key is not to be discouraged by a bad season and to simply try every year. Nothing compares to fresh vegetables and herbs picked moments before they are cooked or eaten raw. Everything about the harvest is better, the flavor, the nutrient content, the quality. So good! If you’ve been thinking about whether or not you should grow vegetables, just do it! And thank me later.

That’s all for now, folks. Until next time!

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