i have been gardening for years, growing something new every year. i think of gardening as a learning experience, for sure!
2017 brings fairytale eggplant, bushy cucumber, nasturtiums and breadseed poppies. tucked between these are celeriac, chamomile, cornflowers, various pole and bush beans (both dry and snap), turga & bedford monarch parsnips (i searched through 12 seed catalogues to find the two varieties i wanted most!), albino beets (trick the children), watermelon radish (again with the children tricking), varieties of lettuce, calendula, yarrow, sage, many varieties of mint (peppermint, pineapple, lemon, orange, chocolate and spearmint), as well as paris market carrots, borage, sculpit, alpine and everbearing strawberries, savory, thyme, oregano, marjoram, lovage (7 feet tall right now! check our my instagram @mamakellybeth) corn (my first time growing straight-up sweet corn instead of mandan red clay, green or blue parching corn), raspberries, blackberries, horseradish and other flowers and veggies i can't think of right now.
there is also an organic orchard in the garden, with apples, plums and pears. my husband grows hops here as well.
i forage and wildcraft for food, berries, herbs and roots. burdock, dandelion, chicory, oregon grape--these roots all have a beautiful home where i seek them out every year from secret spots across colorado and i sew more seeds from those i've saved so that there is always an abundance the next year.
do you have a garden in your community that you are a part of and if not, would you consider growing your food and herbs in a community garden?
there has been nothing richer for me than to raise my two children amongst the food we eat.