I’m not a vegetable gardener.
Sure I’ve dropped a few in the middle of my flower beds
But I’ve never committed a block of space
Totally to vegetables.
So a few years ago
When my favorite non-profit Loaves & Fishes
Took over a vegetable garden called Faith Farm
I knew I was in over my head.
This year we were determined to get an early start.
So around the third week of February
Hundreds of onion starts were planted
Along with carrot seeds.
We’re working with Michael’s new theory
On growing these cool season veggies.
Last year he noticed that when we planted carrots
Along the edges of the beds
They did much better.
So we planted one end and one edge of
Of each raised bed to onions.
The remaining end and edge was planted to carrots.
Our suspicion is that the soil along the edge
Warms more quickly than the soil in the middle of the bed.
And results in glorious onions and carrots.
Now, after a few months of growing
We are being rewarded.
The onions have started maturing
Last Wednesday we pulled 64 lbs.
Thinking it would last through 2 days of pantry.
But within 2 hours of Wednesday’s pantry
They were gone.
Onions are popular.
Carrots will take a little more time.
But if this year’s crop is anything like last year
We’ll have many happy clients
We call this
Gardening for good.
And it is.