A Long Way to New Beds…Raised Ones, and the Market!
I happily moved at the end of the summer of 2013 to a wonderful, older, Clintonville home, surrounded with warm and friendly neighbors, which suits me very well. Of course this means I left my raised bed perennial garden with its lush and fragrant herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, chives, rosemary, and chamomile), my staples of lacinato kale, arugula, and black seeded simpson lettuces, and the late season’s vegetables: eggplant, brussels sprouts, and peppers just as the early fall pickings were coming in. I really missed harvesting a bit of fresh basil and kale daily, two key ingredients of my morning juicing regiment, the most.
My new home is just around the corner from the Clintonville Farmers Market, a great ‘new’ old tradition. With market bags in hand, I’d stroll up the street and within minutes I was “harvesting” wonderful fresh produce for salads and juicing, fabulous squash for roasting and soups (some of which even made it to my freezer for warm winter meals), mushrooms, garlic, sprouts, broccoli….all with the added bonus of being in community. Definitely a wonderful substitute!
Winter. It was a good winter, with plenty of time to plan my new gardens and since Spring has sprung so have I. There are some areas of ‘direct plant’ in the rich soil that is common in this older neighborhood, in others I’m installing a series of 5’ x 8’ x 12” raised bed areas with a compost rich planting blend suitable for dense companion planting. I’m using metal corners, and there are many choices, from Art of the Garden and 2×12 pine.
I have my plant list! I’m definitely bringing in my herbs and lettuces, my kale and sprouts, and squash, and tomatoes, and beans, and … I also know that what ever I don’t plant or don’t have much luck with this year, there’s the market, just around the corner!
Happy Spring, Everyone!