Some people call it “Victory Gardening.” Well…we’ll see what kind of Victory I’ll be eating by the time this veggie adventure is over.
I’ve decided to grow it myself this year…in my own backyard!
I know what you’re thinking: This isn’t a big deal, Katie. You went to Iowa State, you majored in Horticulture, you’ve been gardening for years.
I know. I know. This is what I keep telling myself as I teeter back and forth between sanity and…well… gardening hysteria. But I figure, if any regular Jane can do this, I sure as heck need to. So I’m inviting you to stroll along with me, through my trials….my disappointments…and doubtfully a bountiful harvest so that you can learn from my mistakes and create the Victory Garden your grandma’s grandma would be proud of.
The FINEPRINT right UPFRONT: I am not a veggie expert, nor do I claim to be. I might not follow all the rules and I might make up some of my own. I have no idea how this garden will turn out or if it will even turn out anything. If you’re a veteran veggie gardener, you have my permission from this point on, to poke, snicker, chuckle and talk smack about my lack of veggie gardening skills. Just make sure you share your own wisdom with the rest of us newbies.
So let’s be realistic for a moment. If this is your first garden rodeo, let’s start small this year. Think about what might be the top 3-4 vegetables you know for sure you and your family would eat and go with those. What you don’t want to do is get burned out the first year and ban vegetable gardening all together. That being said, I am in no way following said sage advice and have already collected too many seeds that I know what to do with. And here are the lucky ones thus far:
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Hot Mix of Peppers~Anaheim TMR 23, Ancho, Long Slim Cayenne, Jalapeno and Hungarian Wax
- Big Dipper green pepper
- Large Bottle Mix Gourds
- Flowering Cabbage (Kale)
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Bells of Ireland (I know this isn’t a vegetable…but I love their color and well I’m a sucker).
If you’re struggling to narrow down the laundry list of potential vegetables, take a cue from Thomas at Park Seed as he explains the best vegetable seeds for kid’s to plant. Hey, if they can do it, you can excel. Right?
Author: Katie Ketelsen