You all know I’m growing food for the first time ever, right? There’s so much talk these days about growing
food, though, I can’t say how much I’m swept away by all that, or falling under the spell of two passionate food-growing buddies – Ed Bruske and our own Michele.
Tough duo to resist, and you see the result – my
spanking clean kitchen garden with hundreds of tiny seeds tucked into
that A+ soil (and I have that test to prove it!) But I’m getting ahead
SEEDS FROM CATALOGS
Ed’s strictly a buy-local kind of guy, and he suggested the D. Landreth Seed Company in Pennsylvania and the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Virginia. And John Scheeper
sent me his catalog because I’m a regular buyer of their bulbs.
Following orders, I acquired and finally assembled the catalogs, a few post-its of notes, and got to work. For a good 10 minutes, I swear. But after that
I started feeling overwhelmed – just like beginning gardeners usually
feel. I’m identifying with my clients like never before.
I feel their pain. I want a coach myself.
SEEDS FROM PRETTY DISPLAY RACKS
So you see I was unusually vulnerable to bedazzlement by seed packets. And I didn’t actually PLAN any seed-shopping mischief but since I was already
AT my favorite indie nursery for a free workshop, I thought I’d give
their seeds a look-see and came across rack after rack of these irresistible displays. So I bartered with my better self: When I get to be a super-sophisticated suburban farmer,
THEN I’ll buy from super-local and heirloom-only suppliers. For right
now, give me the damn packets. Below you see my selection.
Back home I got back to following orders – studying my new-old copy of Barbara Damrosch’s Garden Primer, then planning my first veggie arrangement as best I
could. Next I smoothed the surface of the growing space with a metal
rake, drew rows, and proceeded to drop the teeny tiny seeds as evenly
spaced as I could manage. And I only have two questions:
- How on earth do you get anywhere close to exactly one-eighth or
one-half inch of soil on top of these microscopic seeds? Somebody,
show me a video! I mean it.
- And how do you keep from having a really bad backache after
all that? It’s even worse than weeding! I’m starting to understand
why everyone touts the virtues of raised beds, REALLY raised. Where’s
my physical therapist? Hey, I just remembered. A masseuse just contacted me for garden coaching and offered cash OR barter. What timing!