April 12, 2014

In the Garden with Rachel #1: Vegetables and Herbs

This is a little different than what I normally do here but those of you who have been following Coconut & Lime for a while or my Instagram or tweets know that we have quite a backyard here in Baltimore City. We have fig trees, pawpaw trees, 4 or 5 kinds of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, beach plums, a plum tree and generally grow some vegetables each year. My all time favorite vegetable (fruit!) to go is tomatoes but I never seem to have any luck at it. I planted 10 different varieties of tomatoes last year and ended up with 1 edible, ripe tomato. One. I was going to just pass on it this year when Miracle-Gro got in touch and was wondering if I'd want to try their Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. They are these little pods that you stick in the ground that have a seed, growing material and plant food inside. There is even an app you can use to help you plant them and follow their progress. We are living in the future. Anyway, I thought I'd give it a shot. Since they were in these self contained pods I didn't have to do much digging nor did a need a lot of space. I put the tomato and some herbs in a sunny corner near the beach plums which used to be a goldfish pond. I then covered them up with some dead leaves to help keep it warm a bit because while it is about 70 now, I hear we might get freezing temperatures and maybe snow(!) early this next week. Maybe I should have waited to plant them but who knows, I wasn't expecting the rain we had for a week either so if I wait, they'll never get in the ground.  So they are snug in the ground and I am going to update you all on their progress on a future weekend and my ultimate goal to is share a recipe I made using what I grew! Stay tuned.