Gardening has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I live in the suburbs about 3 miles from the ocean in Vista, CA, with my husband and daughter (about 40 minutes north of downtown San Diego.) We gratefully have 340 days of sunshine a year/USDA Zone 10. Not only is my landscape dedicated to edibles, but also to CA natives. Two and a half years ago my daughter picked out some carrot seeds while we were visiting a local nursery. Before then, I’d NEVER grown a vegetable, particularly not from seed! Yikes! Well we gave it a whirl, and while the seeds were crammed into a deep pot (since my daughter decided to pour the whole package in), our darling seeds still emerged. It was a memorable day!
Soon after I dove in head first and dedicated a 13′ x 4′ area (and continues to expand) of my backyard that I was less than thrilled with to the venture of growing veggies. I’ve never dabbled in vegetables because of one little bitty thing: fear. Fear of icky big bugs, fear of failure and fear of the unknown. It’s all so silly, really. I can’t think of anything better to dedicate a patch of backyard earth to than growing food. It’s rewarding, fun and oh so yummy! (Those bugs have nothing on me.) Growing vegetables has proven to be easier than I ever thought. The results are quick and exciting. I’ve never had my garden give back quite like this. The section of my backyard where my vegetable garden grows is the lushest and most interesting part of my yard. (And it’s lead to healthier eating, too!) We also became proud owners of 3 Silkie hens the summer of 2011 (a great choice for a super sweet, small, friendly hen…great with kids) and 1 blue egg-laying Ameraucana named Henrietta (a super-reliable layer and loves people!). We love having fresh eggs. This blog is dedicated to promoting home harvesting and owning your own produce section!
PS: I LOVE to cook and bake and will be sharing healthy recipes and food photos.