Home food gardens are more popular now than they have been since victory gardens during WWII. 40% of the food consumed in this country during that time was produced in home and community gardens! Though they’ve never been a bad idea, in fact I’ll talk about why they’re such a good idea in a moment, they fell out of favor with the majority of people for various reasons- the main one being inconvenience.
When a person could buy almost any type of produce they wanted, at almost any time of year, from their local supermarket- that was pretty darn convenient compared to the relative inconvenience of maintaining a vegetable garden!
Personally, it wasn’t until just two years ago that I started my own. I just assumed they were too time-consuming for me, or… too inconvenient. Ironically, what finally got me growing my own was our local Farmers Market. I simply got used to eating delicious, nutritious food and wanted more access to it!
These are on my kitchen table right now and I have to say that they’re SO yellow that they almost hurt my eyes! But still, there they are and they’re actually inspiring me to plant brighter colors in my garden this year. I’ve always been a big fan of soft colors in the garden- like cream, peach, pink, lavender, pale yellow, etc., but these and this lastest pic from Annie’s Annuals have me raring to go bright!
Isn’t this the yummiest combination of colors and flowers you’ve seen in a while??I just want to eat them ALL up!
Talking about veggies...
Well, I did it. …and it was fun! There were a lot of great people at this event, and many were interested in working with me! (yay) I have an appointment tomorrow with a lovely woman who wants to replace her front lawn with…..something else. Oh, the possibilities!
I had a lot of fun getting ready for this- potting up all the plants, writing my presentation, etc. I did have a couple of butterflies when I got there, but a yummy glass of sangria fixed that!
- Teaching Don the Dirt
Six of the smaller pots were to give away as door prizes and it was cute to see the dressed up ladies walking out with their arms wrapped around their little gardens and with big smiles on their faces.