In the middle of last summer I moved closer to my parents. This was an excellent choice, but it was in the middle of the summer, right after my summer teaching duties ended, and was quite quick. I like doing a little gardening and my Mom doesn’t mind it, but it was too late in the season last year to really get anything done. Thankfully, the early summer had been so hectic that I hadn’t managed to get anything into the ground that I then abandoned when I moved. This year we decided we were going to get some things in the ground.

An idea popped into my head after the daffodils and tulips started to fade. My Mom was brainstorming taller flowers that we could put where the spring flowers had been. She thought she wanted to do some annuals for some color. I suggested we try something a little different and do some greens. I don’t think she was sold on the idea at first. I suggested we put in some colorful red curly kale and some swiss chard. And, if we’re going to do that, we might as well do a few things in containers on the back porch, too.

The library got the ball rolling by providing me with two free-to-a-good-home tomato plants and one pepper plant. To this, we’ve added a cucumber plant, two more additional varieties of pepper, one additional variety or tomato, spaghetti squash, ichiban eggplant, basil and broccoli. I couldn’t be more excited about our plants. They look so lovely in their new homes.

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