If eating local means looking for produce and food grown or made within 100 miles of your home, then eating from your backyard is the ultimate local experience. At the end of March, I planted tomatoes, basil, rosemary, and thyme. I admit my choices were based on what would grow in a lot of sunshine and in containers. Julia helped me plant, and watering has become an evening chore that we share and look forward to. She takes a tiny, red, fish-shaped watering can in hand and dumps. I try to follow behind her to fill in any dry spaces that need extra attention.
My yard is pretty big with lots of room for more planting, so why didn’t I just put my plants in the ground? Well, the 30 Days of May are dedicated to a backyard makeover, which is very much needed. So the thought of transporting tomatoes just as they were starting to bloom or herbs when they are flourishing wasn’t appealing or productive. So I opted for containers for this year, and maybe next year, after our yard’s transformation, I’ll have a more permanent vegetable plot.
Check back in May for all the planting, replanting, and transplanting fun. I’m so excited!