Notes From Our Nest

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My first garden

I may have gone a little overboard with my seed ordering…I chose two types of carrots (red and purple!), two types of green beans, three types of tomatoes, purple tomatillos, sweet baby peppers, plum radishes, lettuce mix, two types of peas, parsley, sage, cilantro, dill, thyme, basil, five color swiss chard…Yum! If we can produce half of the veggies I plant, I’ll be ecstatic. To really motivate myself to get things planted, I am day-dreaming of delicious salads, homemade pesto, and rich marinara sauce.

I found a great seed company in Missouri: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds I love the idea that their company is local-ish  and the seeds are “Open-Pollinated, Pure, Natural, and Non- GMO.”  The founder of Baker Creek, Jere Gettle, planted his first garden at the age of 3. He is passionate about promoting and preserving our agricultural and culinary heri­tage (I pretty much just copied and pasted that from here.) In a country where we have given up most of the control over our food supply for the convenience of the grocery store, heirloom seed savers are of utmost importance. If we don’t revive these vintage varieties, it will be a shame for future generations. We will have only mealy, flavorless, nutrient-lacking vegetables to offer our children and grandchildren. I’ll spare the rest of the soapbox speech. If you’re interested in learning more, read the amazing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Just in case my garden is a complete disaster, I also signed up for Genesis Grower’s CSA. We are going to be in veggie heaven this year and I can’t wait! My plan is that I will grow the “easier” and more interesting veggies while some of the more finicky staples and fruit will come from the CSA.

The goal is to have fresh food all summer and fall, but I really hope we have enough veggies to freeze some for the winter. Are you all going as crazy as I am this time of year? I have been dying for fresh food for months! As a bonus, I can just imagine how great it would be to go to my freezer in the middle of winter and pull out a bag of veggies I grew in the summer…and whip up some baby food for our new little one.



  1. Make the baby food as the veggies are ripe. It will keep in the freezer.

  2. I looked up Genesis and we used to rent trucks at erac every summer/fall. She has a really nice farm!

  3. I just came home to my garden, which was unattended for almost 2 months–it looks like rainforest undergrowth. I can’t believe that dad is going to see it in this state. Nothing seems to have died at least.

    Your garden plan sounds amazing, I can’t wait to see how it looks in July. I grew heirloom tomatoes at mom’s a while back. Mountain something, acquired from the Madison farmer’s market Amish folk. They grew bigger and tasted much better than standard plants.

    I’m impressed too by your dedication to the organic and heirloom movements’ ideals. I studied both issues back in a Nutritional Anthropology course, and agree whole heartedly with you. They are big Native American issues as well.

    Good luck, although I doubt you need it. You alway master everything that you become interested in.

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