This year my wife and I planted a small garden in the backyard. Harvest time has started and I just pulled out our first little row of carrots and I’m impressed. I had actually forgotten how good garden fresh carrots are compared to those you buy in the store. They are much sweeter and have a less woody texture. I swear I could eat carrots like this for a week or two straight and not get sick of them (Good thing too because I have so many I’m going to have to give some away).
I’m rather enjoying all this nearly free food, especially free food from other peoples gardens. So far I’m managed one large bag of crab apples which I turned into apple sauce and then I just got another bag of tomatoes which I’m planning on turning into bruschetta and tomato sauce. I’m still hoping to get a bit more apples before the start of the fall, but that depends on how nice one of my neighbours wants to be to me.
Planting a garden I’ve found is one of those things where yes you can save a bit of money by doing it without a lot of work. Frankly all we did was plant some seeds water once every couple of days when it doesn’t rain and weed the garden twice. I’m one of those lazy garden people where I basically plant it and eat what ever happens to grow.
Yet for me I found I got much more enjoyment of the food we get from the garden since I know exactly where it came from and you literally can’t beat the freshness. Not to mention there is the appreciation of the food itself. I find that seeing my labour turn into something that I get to enjoy creates an extra ‘taste’ to the food that can’t be matched: satisfaction really does taste sweet.
So if you have never tried a garden, I would suggest giving a few of your favorite herbs a try to start in a pot or two. This is how I got into it and now my basil plants gave me so many leaves I had to make some fresh pesto to use them all.