My husband and I started sampling farmers markets in Hendricks and Marion Counties last summer. We decided our favorite one was the Zionsville Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. We made friends with a couple farmers who offered gorgeous veggies at their booth each week. We discovered a burning passion to grow our own food.
It was late July, and a visit to a local garden and landscape store revealed that the only veggies we could plant and harvest before winter were lettuce and radishes. I don’t even like radishes, but we decided to give it a go. We planted black-seeded simpson leaf lettuce, mesclun mix, watermelon radishes, mustard greens, and arugula. We also planted some herbs and vegetables from plants — basil, thyme, cilantro, rosemary, garlic chives, and a pepper plant.
We had mixed results, but the big deal was — we were hooked. We have decided to expand our garden in 2014, and have been avidly poring over books and magazines from our library. Gardening seems to combine a lot of the activities we love — spend time outdoors, exercise, eat healthy food, build community, explore science in a fun and engaging manner, and connect with the farming roots of our ancestors. We don’t know what we’re doing, but we’re having fun doing it.
This blog will document the adventure.
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