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V is for Victory (and also vegetables)

Well it’s that time of year again (finally!)…time to start planting. If you’ve been to this blog in the past you likely know a few things about me…a couple are that I like growing some of my own food, and another is that I dislike cutting grass. So about a decade ago I dug up my teeny front lawn and planted vegetables (what my mom used to call a Victory Garden) and have never looked back. Below is a pic of some of the things I put in the ground yesterday. To see previous years click here.

Urban Simplicity.

V is for Victory (and also vegetables)

Well it’s that time of year again (finally!)…time to start planting. If you’ve been to this blog in the past you likely know a few things about me…a couple are that I like growing some of my own food, and another is that I dislike cutting grass. So about a decade ago I dug up my teeny front lawn and planted vegetables (what my mom used to call a Victory Garden) and have never looked back. Below is a pic of some of the things I put in the ground yesterday. To see previous years click here.

Urban Simplicity.

The salad that grew in my front yard, and a few other things…

To quote Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part.” It really is, isn’t it. You see things growing and hanging on their plants but they are not ready to pick…and then all at once everything seems to ripen. Today was my first real haul from my teeny front yard garden. All of the ingredients for the above salad–except the dressing, which was simply virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar–were grown there adjacent to the sidewalk (pavements, to my friends across the pond). I ate it for dinner two minutes after picking, twenty feet from where it grew, and while it while it was still warm from the sun…tomato, sweet pepper, hot pepper, cucumber, basil, Italian Parsley, and sweet basil (fresh strawberries for dessert). The first tomato I picked, I did as I usually do each year, and ate it where it grew. Geeze o’ man was this stuff good. This time of year is payoff time for a vegetable gardener. For me, growing food makes way more sense than a front lawn. I’m just sayin’…

Urban Simplicity.

The view from my handlebars and a surprise I could have stepped on…

I took the above photo on my way home from work late afternoon/early evening today. The weather could not have been more idyllic. After the last couple weeks of an oppressive heatwave this weather is truly welcomed (cool temps and low humidity). And as I arrived home today I noticed a small bright red berry peeking out from under a plant in my front yard right next to the sidewalk. The strawberries have not been doing too well this year so I haven’t looked at them too frequently…so you can imagine my surprise when I lifted the leaves and saw these. Nice. Growing food is way more fun and tasty than growing grass (I’m jus’ sayin’).

Urban Simplicity.

Green Green Garden…

So it’s still early in the season but with the humidity and wet spring things are really flourishing. Because of various reasons I’ve cut way back on the amount I’m growing this year, but all of these items are growing in my teeny front yard right next to the sidewalk (pavements to my brothers and sisters across the pond). Growing vegetables is, to me, way  more interesting than growing and cutting grass. The plant above I just put in the ground yesterday; it’s a cousa plant, or white Lebanese zucchini, which was gifted to me by my cousin Joe. It should only be a few weeks (maybe a couple) until I bit into that first tomato in the spot that it grew (I love tomatoes). Anyhow, being the proud gardener I thought I’d share a few photos.

Urban Simplicity.