This is the online journal of my kitchen garden and attempts to eat with the seasons. Occasionally I include book reviews, and sometimes I write about travel, how much I hate squirrels, or my cats

If the cat comment didn't turn you off, bravo! We began our vegetable garden in 2009 as an experiment to see if we could keep a couple of plants alive and harvest some vegetables. We started with tomatoes and bell peppers. It was so much fun--we were hooked!

In 2010 we added more vegetables, and now we grow herbs, squash, strawberries, beans, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, garlic, tomatillos, and even loofah.

At first we bought transplants from a nursery, but in spring 2010 we started growing things from seed. Now we're trying to grow more heirloom seeds and have started saving seeds.

We have very little land, so we grow 95% of our crops in containers on our deck. Container gardening definitely has its pros and cons. I'll never be able to grow corn or melons or get big beautiful vegetables, but many things grow well in containers.

We grow some flowers too. Even sunflowers grow well in containers.

The only "land" we have is a small plot that's 2 feet long and 10 feet wide. In 2010 we had parsley, tomatoes, and peppers in the ground. In 2011 we planted onions, garlic, and loofah there, and off to the side between some holly bushes we have three small blueberry trees.

In 2010 my husband built me a small raised bed. That spring we used it to plant four different summer squash varieties which were annihilated by bugs that summer. Back to the drawing board! In spring 2011 we planted strawberries in the raised bed, and they did very well. We're keeping this as our little strawberry patch.

My garden is still a work in progress, and I make a lot of mistakes, but when things work out, it is so rewarding to be able to go into your backyard and pick your own food.

You can read about the seeds we planted in the Growing This Season tab.

We also record our Harvests to Date (not precise; I need to be more organized about this).

For the last year or so, I've been consciously trying to eat food that have been sourced locally (within a day's drive of my home).

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