It’s been nine days since the first planting and there’s already a lot of growth in my garden. Tiny little green plants sprouting through my dirt! I’m almost tempted to give you a recipe for my favorite roasted beet and carrot mixed green salad. But I’ll hold off until I really have the garden fresh ingredients! I took my clip board outside with me to reference the sketch of my prior planting and saw that I have lettuce, kale, carrots and even tiny signs of peas. Not sure if this is a product of planting during the waning moon or my super soil, but I’m quite excited that things are starting to grow!
Although I couldn’t be prouder at the prospect of my own 4 x 4 boxed gardens, I have to admit I had a humbling experience while touring my friend Lou’s backyard. 150 bulbs of garlic, sprouting in neat rows nearly a foot high and just waiting to produce pungently flavorful squiggly garlic scapes, are the tip of the iceberg in Lou’s backyard garden. He’s growing everything I am in a lot more space plus he has grand plans for 40 plus tomato trees, horse radish, and even a fig tree. His sprawling garden, graced by 8 hours of full sun, is definitely making me feel a bit inadequate four doors up the street with my small postage stamp garden.
But, I must remind myself why I am a Postage Stamp Gardener and re-read what spoke to me on page 6 of The Postage Stamp Garden Book:
“So if you have a space problem, if you’re a first time gardener, if you’ve tried before and failed, or if you’d just like to try a system that’s easy and satisfying and produces tremendous results.”
That’s me all wrapped up in one sentence. We’ll just have to wait, see and hopefully eat a lot of vegetables. In the meantime, at least I have Lou, my generous friend, who loves to share food!