Ever since I discovered this amazing technology that makes free food out of dirt, sunlight, and water I have been wanting to try more of it.
Besides, subsistence farming skills will be very important for survival after modern industrial civilization crumbles, so I figure I should start practicing now.
The vegetable patch behind the house. Sushu's mom has been using it but she said I could take it over if I want to grow things there.
But first, harvesting what's already there. Garden spinach is SO GOOD. It tastes way more spinachier than spinach from the grocery store. We made spinach omelets, spinach quiche, spinach salads, spinach stir-fries...
and spinach hats.
I bought some tomato, basil, and bell pepper seeds (they're like $2 a packet from Safeway) and planted them. Yay seedlings!
Since this picture was taken, three of the tomato plants and one of the basil plants are now safely in the ground and growing nicely, but all the bell pepper plants shriveled up and died when I left them out in the sun on a really hot day. |:-( I started some more pepper seeds; I'll be more careful with these.
(Random fact: Did you know the bell pepper and the jalapeno pepper are the same species? Capsicum Annuum, it's called. So are others like the cayenne pepper, serrano pepper, and pepperoncini. They're all just different cultivars. The reason the bell pepper isn't spicy is because it has two copies of a recessive gene making it unable to produce capsaicin.)