When my Nana died almost three summers ago, she left behind a ton of dead African violets and one that was on its last legs. I took the plant home, hoping to bring it back, and also bought a new one. For the memories. In case the other one died and I had a nervous breakdown about death.

It turns out, the violets are enjoying their time here in our new living room. As proof:

Double blooming violets! What are the ODDS? Seriously, I'm about to run out and get a lottery ticket and let it sit on this window for a while and soak in the good vibes. Happy to report that Nana's violet and the replacement violet are both thriving and blooming. Cue sentimental music.

It was a stunningly beautiful weekend here in Brooklyn, and just in the nick of time. I was about to move to Mexico and telecommute from the beach. Since Chris was off gallivanting in Wisconsin (though, surely one does not gallivant in Wisconsin), I decided to start our summer garden. There are a couple of garden shops in the neighborhood and I scoffed while passing them all winter. I imagined that they sold bonsai trees and other boring, expensive greenery. Well I'm eating my words now! And also hopefully eating my garden harvest all summer long! My new friend Emily (at Dig on Atlantic) gave me some very specific advice about which veggies to grow and how to start.

The official list is: broccoli, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, sunflowers, basil, cilantro, oregano, cucumbers and sugar peas. I did some googling yesterday about buying a blueberry bush, but will hold off on that til we're officially out of frost season. For now, these seedlings are snug as bugs in their new homes. Hopefully le chat will stay out of their way.

To plant seeds, Emily said you can use old egg crates (shown above) or, if you're watching your cholesterol, buy some simple little fabric pots. I had two old litter boxes that we're no longer using, so I organized them all in those. I imagine you could also use shoe boxes or even long plates.

After a long and trying week, it was so good to start things, to see the beginnings of baby plants and to start the growing. Literally. And figuratively. As a bonus, growing a watermelon is one of my Feast of Life list items, so we'll see if we can get that polished off this summer!

Who else is doing gardens this year? And what are you growing?


Britt said...

Garden up in here! I will be growing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, 2 kinds of kale, basil, lemon basil, dill, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.

I love that you're going to be growing watermelon--how fun!

Anonymous said...

I've started growing cilantro- its been a week and its showing no sign of life whatsoever!