It was a beautiful day today, and the green babies thought so, too. The tall, lanky, hairy kids right in front are finocchio, growing fast. Also pictured are peppers, chard, kale, asian greens, bush beans, basil, tomatoes, and lettuce- the usual kitchen garden suspects. Off to the left in the orange trough is Vitamin Green- an asian green I've never tried. Yum. Dang, when do we eat??
The list might seem kind of ordinary, but here's the thing about growing your own food: You're not limited to ordinary supermarket varieties and you get some amazing tastes that you simply cannot buy. For instance, all of the lettuce I'm growing would turn into green slime if stuck in a box and shipped across the country like most of our lettuce now is. There are fewer than 20 varieties of lettuce that can handle the rigors of transport. One of the best homegrown varieties is called butterhead. It can barely be sold at farmer's markets- it just can't handle travel of more than a few feet from garden to plate.
Of course, these all have to be grown from seed... but waiting is the very heart of gardening.