Beware Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle. The book, which chronicles Kingsolver and her family eating extremely locally for one year, can make you want to try crazy things, like raise your own turkeys or plant a vegetable garden when you already are juggling the bounty of a full-share CSA.
Of the latter, I'm referring to coworker Pam Denney, who broke ground on her raised-bed garden this spring. She's writing about the garden and related fare, from bugs to Crocs, in her charming new blog Pam Plants a Garden. You'll definitely want to bookmark it.
The first fruits of Pam's labor are cucumbers.
That's one cute cuke!
She also planted several types of tomatoes, herbs, beans, eggplant, peppers, okra, tomatillos, and melons.
Pam gave me a few plants she grew from seed for my container garden. My yard doesn't really have enough sun to support such efforts and yet I persist. Of the three tomato plants, two died. The third is thriving and has bloomed but no fruit yet. Two of the basil plants she gave me died as well, but the remaining three are doing well.
I also picked up a few plants at the recent Grow Memphis sale.
The melon and squash plants are growing like crazy, but there's no output. One pepper plant clearly wants to shake off its mortal coil. The other looks pretty good but hasn't bloomed.
The okra plant I got did yield a solitary okra and then all the leaves fell off.
I wasn't sure when to pick the okra (clearly for the world's tiniest batch of gumbo), so I left it on the plant until it dried up. A garden-savvy coworker suggested I get the seeds to plant next year. I did that, but now have no idea where I put the seeds. Please stop me before I garden again.
Do you have a particularly brag-worthy vegetable garden? E-mail me details and photos, and I'll post them at Hungry Memphis.