The difference between our winter veggie garden today and exactly one year ago is absolutely mind-blowing. So I just had to share how it’s gone from sad to spectacular!
Spending 2 or 3 bucks on a pack of fresh herbs at the grocery store every time you need a sprig of thyme or a few mint leaves can add up fast! Luckily, growing them yourself couldn’t be any easier.
This week my girls and I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a LONG time …plant our first vegetable garden at our new home! It has felt like a LONG six months since we last had access to our own homegrown vegetables (in our old backyard), and I was so ready to get back to it. After posting one of our pics on social media yesterday I got quite the mix of comments and thought the whole topic of winter vegetable gardens was worthy of a blog post. First of all, we live in Charlotte, NC. While our region is known for icky ice storms (including one just earlier this week) we’re fortunate enough to have a pretty mild winter with maybe only 1 to 2 sightings of snow each season. I know many people are still covered up in snow at the moment so I realize winter gardening doesn’t exactly work for everyone right now! But whether you live near me or have to wait another month or two to start here are the reasons I love growing my own vegetables this time of year. 8 Reasons I LOVE My Winter Vegetable Garden When people think of homegrown vegetables they likely picture big juicy tomatoes and vibrant bell peppers. While I love to have those crops thriving in my backyard all summer long, I have to say it’s hard to beat growing your very own lettuces and greens in the winter. Here are my reasons why: No cages. No big wiry cages to contend with when it comes to keeping your winter vegetables upright (which is usually necessary for tomato and pepper plants). No bugs. In general bugs are harder to come by in the winter, which means you’re less likely to find them nibbling on your veggie plants! No green thumb necessary. It’s honestly pretty hard to kill a lettuce plant that doesn’t need all that much from […]
In the midst of my third summer vegetable garden I’m realizing it’s going to be a long road ahead before I’ll truly “get” the hang of things. So far I’ve learned a lot each season, but when you only get one shot at trying out your summer garden each year the learning curve feels pretty steep. Maybe it would help if I had somewhat of a “green thumb,” but other than cutting our grass I have almost no skills when it comes to caring for plants. That hasn’t stopped me from trying though, and since I’ve had some success – and even more failures – I thought I would share my lessons learned (so far!). And by all means if you actually know what you are doing when it comes to growing vegetables I would love to hear your advice in the comments below. Lessons learned from my garden…
You may think growing your own vegetables sounds like a daunting task, but starting small with some potted plants can be surprisingly easy (even for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb). Last year was my first year with a garden and let’s just say….I learned a lot about what not to do again this year! I definitely have room for improvement as a gardener myself, but I know that when a vegetable you planted does well, it can be extremely satisfying. “The food you grow yourself is fresher than any you can buy,” says Michael Pollan, and I have to say that I didn’t even think I liked tomatoes until I tried homegrown ones. I was amazed at the difference in taste compared to what you can buy at the grocery store (not to mention how much more nutritious homegrown vegetables are). We already established that farmers’ markets and CSA’s are fabulous resources for getting fresh, locally grown produce, but why not consider growing some food yourself?