I feel like this happens to everyone, but it doesn't make it any easier.
One of my proudest moments was when I first grew a vegetable. A tomato. That I could actually eat. I wouldn't, of course, because tomatoes are gross and almost a vegetable and my mom is always trying to make me eat stuff I don't want to eat and who does she think she is anyway? Ok, so I was 11 and #middleschoolproblems .
The point is, I felt confident. I felt capable. Because now that I knew the secret, I could grow anything. (I also felt certain I would never grow another tomato again. Prepubescent me was DAMN sure growin' vegetables was just the parental agenda trying to enforce a dictatorship's rules. Down with the man! I set out to become the world's foremost authority on growing Cheezits and those little candy dots that came on long strips of paper.)
Fast-forward a little. I've survived through junior high and fallen in love with tomatoes, but not once did a Nabisco product spring forth from my carefully weeded garden plot.
Previous years have been lovely ...
But this year has been ... less than thrilling. My dirt mojo is definitely on break.
There were more pictures, but I was just too embarrassed to post them.
Between the constantly changing temps (cold front, heat wave, cold front, heat wave, nice day on a WEEKDAY, fire and brimstone on Saturday), the monsoon season, and our late start out of the fall garden gate, the forecast is lots of frozen and/or canned vegetables this winter.
What do you do when an attempt to raise your family's food fails miserably? How committed are you to only eating local, sustainable and preferably homegrown?
We're still buying from the grocery store but hopefully we'll move on to all our own veggies someday. In the meantime, I'll continue to replant, recover and hopefully revive my green thumb. And remind my 11-year-old self that I didn't want vegetables anyway.
By the way ... there's a cold front expected tomorrow. Naturally.
I'm the wife of a Fledgling Farmer(FF) and mom to Fledgling Farmer Boy(FFB) and Fledgling Farmer Girl(FFG).