I’m lucky to have a master gardener as a neighbor. I can tell that she’s was born in the south, too, because she cooks cornbread in a cast iron pan, and she always grows a kitchen garden. And yes, we are lucky to live in Florida where you can have fresh produce growing in February.
So last week, my neighbor gave me a pineapple she grew. SHE GROWS her own pineapples, who know you can just cut the top off a store-bought pineapple, stick it in the ground, and soon you’ll have you own pineapple (one of my favorite fruits and full of fiber, too).
This afternoon, having heard that she had fresh banana bread, I took the two beagles and we stopped by for another visit. Her tomatoes had come in — so tonight I’m having a wonderful tomato sandwich for dinner, with my own fresh basil. Did I mention there are also lemons?
I wish everyone knew how easy it is to grow your own fresh vegetables and herbs, even if you grow them in the kitchen window in the winter in Maryland. Besides being healthy,
AND organic, AND free, AND better tasting, having a garden is a complete joy.
Last year, the admin in my company had never grown a garden, but after she ate some tomatoes from my Virginia garden, she asked me to come over on Saturday to her house and help her get started. We found a good spot, used a rototiller, bought plants at Home Depot, and in one day, my co-worker was transformed into a gardener. Now she was bringing in the zucchini and tomatoes and basil and peppers.
February is a great month to order plants or seeds from some of the great seed companies like:
So plan your garden for this spring, or make friends with a neighbor! That works too!