As a little girl growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, my grandmother had a vegetable garden full of fresh vegetables for every meal. When First Lady, Michelle Obama, recently developed her garden at the White House as part of her Food Education program, it brought me back to my childhood memories and inspired me to create my own.
The process has become such an enjoyable hobby and an enriching experience and…yes in some ways challenging! After removing some unwanted rocks, dirt and weeds from my backyard hillside I prepared the garden space. I added a grow mulch and fertilizer to prepare and treat the soil. I also went as far as to add a surrounding fence (to keep out the deer and coyotes!), rustic railroad ties, and safety steps. Through all of that, I now have a wonderful vegetable and herb garden, complete with lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, lavender, parsley and more!
If you are looking for a rewarding experience, I encourage you to grow your own garden regardless of the space you have available. It is quite amazing each day to see what started as seeds grow to mature vegetable plants, ready for picking. It’s fantastic to be able to enjoy my fresh herbs and vegetables with friends and family! Grandmother would be so proud.Introducing my new vegetable garden!