No really, I’m asking you, because containers and a homemade raised bed are all I’m going to have.
I’ve dreamed about having a vegetable garden for a very long time. Back in high school, I was a bit of a nerd who read a lot. I’m not kidding, I spent study hall, lunch, and free period in the library. The only exceptions were when I shared a lunch period with friends.
While roaming through the library, I happened upon Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. It was a book about food and farming, and like I said, I’d had an interest in growing things for a long time. So naturally, I’d picked this up.
The book essentially changed my perspective on nearly everything. After reading it, I looked more into food systems, and after that I looked more into environmental issues, and now I’m starting a career in environmental design. All because I wanted to start a vegetable garden.
The 10th anniversary edition came out recently if you’re interested.
Now, after many years of trying to get my feet under me, I have the opportunity to start doing that. I’d been growing a few things in pots during grad school, but now I’m free. I’ll be moving soon and have access to a little more space, and I want to build some raised beds and grow some plants.
I have big garden plans for my future. Someday, I’d like to actually have a small patch of land, on which I can have an asparagus patch and experiment with growing my own quinoa. I want fruit trees. A raspberry bush or two. Patches of strawberries and herbs. Name a food plant, I probably want to grow it someday. I don’t know, if given the situation I’m in student loan wise, if that will ever be a feasible dream, but I’ve got seeds for both of them and I’m going to carry them with me and continue dreaming anyway.