Garden Update 1 – What a Difference a Month Makes!

I planted these guys on April 22 and they were pretty darn cute.

Sweet Basil then
Sweet Basil now

I have crazy basil!  It smells wonderful, and I’ve been eating grilled tomato, mozzarella and basil on multi-grain bread for a couple of weeks now.  Mmmm!  I’m totally down with that, but that’s all I’ve done with it so far.  Any ideas/recipes to enjoy the sweet basil outside of the fancy grilled cheese?

Haven’t picked any tomatoes yet, but take a look at the progress.
Husky Cherry Red Tomato then
Husky Cherry Red Tomato now
The Husky Cherry Red is growing wild too!  And, just this weekend….
My first tomato!

I don’t know why I’m so excited about growing these plants.  I’ve had house plants since high school.  Maybe it’s the idea of growing something I can eat.  To cross two items of my shopping list each week before I even leave the house.  Self-sufficiency.  That’s what excites me.  Well, with a little help from above with the whole sunlight thing and all.

So there you have it.  It’s not much, but it’s a little something and I like it.  Drop a comment with ideas for the basil.  If you’re local I’ll give you some!

Cheers!
Kelly

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring has finally sprung in NC, and let’s hope there are no take-backs this time. I’ve been in the mood to garden for years and really miss having that little patch of ground to throw seeds at. Way back in the day I grew tomatoes, corn, green beans, and cukes and did fairly well. Now that I own from the studs-in only – no dirt to speak of – I’m restricted to pot gardening out on the deck.

I did a little bit of that several years ago and got just a couple of tomatoes (literally, two tomatoes), and some Jurassic sized green bell peppers. No idea how I grew those peppers, but they were great!

So last night I planted a cherry tomato and a basil, said a little prayer, and am hoping for the best.

Sweet Basil
Cherry Tomato

I’m super impatient and cannot wait to see how these babies grow. What do you all use to fertilize your garden plants? The only thing in my cabinet at the moment is houseplant fertilizer, which I know I don’t want on my food producing plants. I’m probably not going to compost given the space/land issue, and am not likely to ever handle manure, so your suggestions for a safe fertilizer would be truly appreciated. Happy Spring!

Cheers!
Kelly