Last year I started vegetable gardening. I grew mostly just heirloom tomatoes, 10 different delicious kinds in fact, as well as a few cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers. I have continued that tradition this year, and actually expanded both of my gardens. (one side ground level garden, and one raised bed). I planted; 2 varieties of cucumbers, zucchini, 13 different types of heirloom tomatoes, 3 types of string beans (purple,white,and green), red bell peppers, 2 types of carrots, and beets all from seed. (I also planted eggplant but it didn’t grow so I went to the store to buy some eggplant plants and ended up coming home with jalapenos as well). I also plan on returning to another store to purchase okra, because it’s delicious. Oh I also have 5 different types of lettuce growing that I bought as seedlings, during an earlier trip to the store.
Surprises also were in store from the garden, as I have about 40 volunteer tomato plants that I’m letting grow until I decide how I’m going to arrange the tomato seedlings (currently still in-house) around them. The problem with these tomato plants is they’re bigger than my seedlings, but I have no idea what type of tomatoes they will be, probably 10 different kinds. If I get 10 different kinds from the volunteer plants, and I plant the 13 different kinds I grew this year, I’ll have 21 kinds! (I know, I’m not really actually terrible at math, I only chose to plant 2 of the types I grew last year this year. 10 old kinds plus really 11 new kinds equals 21- garden variety math ((is the math making sense now?)) !)
Most exciting volunteer plant growing in the garden is the pumpkins. They’re already pretty large. I keep having to pluck more from the garden, but I let 2 grow because it’s pretty sweet they grew with no encouragement from me. How random to have pumpkin plants growing all over my garden? Couldn’t have anything to do with my father composting an entire pumpkin directly into the garden, could it? No I doubt that, some pumpkin-loving squirrel must’ve planted some seeds when I wasn’t looking.
So if you were paying any attention at all, you would’ve learned that if all goes according to plan I will have 32 types (give or take 10 types of volunteer tomatoes tbd) of vegetables growing in my backyard gardens. I do love variety. My garden is a lot of work, but I do love it. Nothing is more rewarding than eating a tomato (or other veggie) I grew from seed myself. If you have never grown your own meal, I highly recommend it.
Do you grow your own veggies? Do you have a backyard garden? I’d love to see.