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In one of our more exciting endeavors of 2012 — like moving from Maryland to Charlotte and adopting a loveable four-legged friend named Loretta — we started a little backyard veggie garden.
We’ve learned something crucial: gardens need planning, and sometimes those best-planted plans go astray.
Squirrels or some other annoying critter will gnaw away at those beet seedlings you were really excited about.You’ll easily drop $150 bucks or more on DIRT. Want to plant spinach in late fall for a winter harvest? Um no, you’ll have to wait until early spring for that to mature. Too busy or forgot to water a few days in a row? Nice job — you just killed the kale. And as Scott learned, spraying insecticidal soap on plants in full sun will annihilate your veggies to deep-fried sadness.
Right now we have carrots taking their sweet time to mature, some bitter arugula, cilantro, parsley, a sad little sage plant, rapini, four Brussels sprouts that have really bolted since planting in September, and some survivor kale that won’t die despite our worst efforts.
It’s been a test of patience and work ethic to tend to these little plots out back. But it’s also wonderful.