Gardening 101

Full disclosure: I am a complete novice at gardening. I think the last time I actually grew something was in one of those elementary school experiments, the seed in the Dixie cup sort of affair. So I’m very excited to be starting a garden. Well, sort of a garden – I think this year it will be limited to some large containers on the front porch. My gardening expert (aka my favorite [and only] stepfather) tells me that to have a garden in deer country I need a 9 foot fence. My boss and organic farming expert laughs and tells me that’s a minimum – a deer can clear that from a standstill…. NOT something the HOA will be excited about, I’m sure. So I’m wondering, will these deer actually walk onto my front porch? The brazen way one was staring at me through the breakfast room window last week, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least!

But I’ve decided to give it a shot anyway, so yesterday I visited Growing Hope, a wonderful organization in nearby Ypsilanti that is all about “helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.”


I signed up to become part of the “Seed Starting Squad,” which means I’m starting 2 flats of seeds for their use, but in the process I acquire some very necessary knowledge and a light stand, something I will certainly need as I probably will have to start a large number of my plants indoors.

Now I need to decide what I will grow for our family consumption. Katia, of course, votes for tomatoes, as many varieties as possible. Max and I are hoping to grow some Asian veggies – eggplants and greens, mostly. And Kolia will probably be happy with anything that’s not mushrooms or eggplants and allows him to get filthy and wet in the growing process.

So stay tuned as the Baker Tang gang tries their hand at gardening….

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