Today, July 5th 2009, Andrew and I had our very FIRST HARVEST as Urban Gardeners!!!! YAY! We started out this whole venture with the idea that maybe we could actually grow some food on our balcony... had a mishap or two with the terrible Zellers "biodegradable" or shall we say spontaneously combusting, planters and got to play with organic soil and worm poo!
(Our Lucifer plant finally deciding to begin flowering!)
We ordered our seeds from Vesey's, a Maritime owned company: organic sugar snap peas, organic carrots and fall garlic and impulse bought some strawberry plants. The seeds were sowed inside in April and carefully brought inside every night so that the frost wouldn't kill them. It has been an amazing and insightful journey!
Honestly, even though everything seemed to be growing as planned, I had no aspirations for these vegetables to actually produce edible food. I can barely keep cacti alive let alone something that needs to grow food. Of course, Andrew has been extremely helpful and patient (I just wanted to give up on
the trellis, some swear words may have happened... hah). This process had more to do with helping increase our connection with where our food comes from in an urban setting. Since we never had a garden growing up it was fun and a complete learning experience to nurture our seeds to vegetables/fruit.
(Our strawberry plant with an almost ready berry!)
Regardless of my extremely low expectations, or maybe despite, our little urban garden has decided to actually give us food!! That actually tastes.... good! (so far!). After looking on the internet to figure out when we should actually pick our peas, (now) we had 6 sugar snap peas (not so easy to 'snap' off, wrestling with it I thought I was going to rip the whole plant off) and one strawberry. They are now all eaten. YUM.
How are your gardens growing? I am getting a little concerned with the amount of wet. I don't remember the last time my garlic was dry...
***UPDATE (July 6th): So after a kind friend pointed out that these peas were the weirdest looking sugar snap peas she had ever seen; I went on the Vesey's website to confirm that they are, indeed "Oregon Organic Sugar Peas" (YES- I thought, I was RIGHT! I am very humble)... then read the following description:
A great garden addition for anyone who stir-fries. This staking type snow pea produces.....
um. Note the... SNOW PEA part. Oops! LMAO. They were yummy nonetheless :)