I’m a gardener by profession, and ironically moved into a house that has no front yard and a shady back yard. Not ideal for growing vegetables. I do manage to eek out a couple of tomatoes, hot peppers, and herbs in containers on my back porch, though.
My boyfriend was lucky enough to buy a house last fall in
I started some lettuce seeds indoors at the beginning of March. They are currently slightly larger than the picture below, and are sitting on my fire escape soaking up sun and enjoying the recent mild weather. The lettuce should be ready to transplant some time in early April. In a few weeks I’ll start seeds indoors for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. If I get lazy, I'll purchase plants at a nursery.
I’m going to keep periodic updates on the little urban garden. Of course, if any thing fails it’s my boyfriend’s fault, because I’m only there two or three days a week. (Just kidding.) Actually, things may or may not fail for a variety of reasons: weather, pests, disease, and culture. I’m not afraid to share my failures. It happens to every one.
Hopefully, these chronicles will inspire you to try your hand at gardening – even if you live in a city without a patch of soil. Because homegrown tomatoes lead to pride and the best damn BLT's!