Notes From Our Nest

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Let’s get ready for Spring!

I said it last year, but I mean it this year. This is the year I plant my first garden! I was so inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal Vegetable Miracle that I can’t NOT grow something in my back yard. In the book, she talks about a range of subjects from the high cost of food transportation to the satisfaction of eating something grown in your own soil. It’s both moving and heart-breaking. After reading the book, I was torn every time I went to the grocery store. I wanted to do the right thing for the planet and buy in-season, local fruits and vegetables, but the options aren’t great. It’s frustrating to see apples from New Zealand at Trader Joe’s when you know that Michigan apples are in season.

I am planning to start with one 4 X 8 raised planting bed in the sunny part of our back yard. I will definitely grow heirloom tomatoes (bite-size and big), zucchini, green beans, peas, and carrots. I’d also like to do a leafy bed of spinach, lettuces, and herbs. In the summer, it would be great to go out to the back yard and harvest my own organic veggies for my salad.

We’re going to have to get started pretty soon. I would love to begin composting right away. More on that later!


  1. How exciting! Can’t wait to eat your veggies :) I’m sure Cara would love to share their insight on organic gardening (and composting!) She may be a little delayed right now (you know, with a 4-day-old and a 20-month-old), but I know she’d have some very valuable input!

  2. That would be great…I’ll wait to bother her for a little while. Maybe you could just work it into casual conversation when you go visit in a few weeks.

  3. Wow, you’re finally blogging again!

    Great idea for the garden. The American Indians used raised bed gardening with much success. I’m afraid to think about what my garden back in Porto Alegre looks like.

    Don’t get too saddened by the state of food. The best you can do is support the organic/local movement and wait for the big corporations & soft-headed Illinois farmers to fail and be replaced. It will take some time!

  4. Oops, I meant soft-brained Illinois farmers.

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