When I planned my front yard vegetable garden this year it probably seemed willy nilly to you. Random vegetables thrown in here and there. Which it totally was.
But there was a bit of organization to my chaos.
Because I have such a small place to grow things in I had to be really discriminating about what I grew in my garden. Tomatoes were a no brainer even though I don’t love tomatoes. They’re so ridiculously versatile you’d have to be stupid not to grow them.
But what about the rest of the stuff? How was I supposed to pick? Normally this kind of a major decision could take me the better part of a decade and a good chunk of therapy appointments.
And then it hit me. I knew EXACTLY what I was going to grow.
Some time in the late winter while I was browsing through seed catalogues and online stores I decided i would grow everything I needed to make my favourite soup … Fire Broth Soup.
And so I did. I planted heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers, sweet potatoes, chili peppers, garlic, onions, oregano and sausage.
My zucchini croaked some time in July, I forgot to water my oregano and a racoon made off with all of my sausage. I didn’t even get a chance to water the sausage.
However. Not all was lost. At this very moment, my mud room is holding my summer harvest. I have tomatoes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, chili peppers, garlic and onions. Pretty close to all of the ingredients to make Fire Broth Soup.
I learned more than a couple of things from my vegetable garden this year. I learned Squash bugs stink like death when you cut them in half with a pair of scissors. I learned to designate my scissors as “outdoor” scissors. I learned everyone wants to know what that beautiful green shrub is. It’s dinosaur kale.
And I learned you can lead a sausage to water but you can’t make more links.
Have a good weekend and lemme know what you’re giving out for Halloween! I’m still trying to think of something good!