Greetings! It’s that time of year again. The winter slump has arrived and with comes dreams of the glorious summer that we enjoy in Central New York. For many this is also the time they start planning their garden. I know the catalogs have started arriving in my mailbox. I don’t exactly have a green thumb so I decided to talk to some of my hard core gardening friends for this post. When I was talking to them several interesting points came up. They both mainly pursue gardening as a way to produce food. Food that is more diverse than what you see in our local grocery store. Food that is sometimes even more diverse than what you see at the farmers market. Take this for example: there are more than 4000 varieties of potatoes in this world but there are about 5 varieties in the grocery store. Of those 5 I’m willing to bet you usually only buy 2 of them. Now think about the different nutrition makeup of those 4000 varieties. It’s amazing!
Another great byproduct of growing your own food is the sense of accomplishment you feel when you sit down to a meal of food you have produced. It’s the knowledge that at this particular moment you are self sustainable.
Lastly, have you tasted fresh food? I mean really fresh. Like walked out, picked a tomato and bite into it fresh off the vine. It’s still warm from the sun and so juicy! Brilliantly red, sweet and tangy. I bet you would love to right now! My favorite is walking out to my raspberry patch and eating them right there.
In anticipation of the fact that I know you are dying to grow some food, I checked out what the Mid York Library system has for gardening books. There are 2963, not quite as many varieties as potatoes but still plenty to choose from. If you’re like me and need something lower key, then try container gardening. I do this and manage to grow much of our summer food, there are even varieties of sweet corn that produce in containers.
I hope you check out some of these inspiring ideas and dream about summer for a little while. Please let me know how your gardening plans are coming for this year.