John and I love cooking with lots of vegetables. Any dish we make – curry, enchiladas, burgers, stirfrys – we add about five different varieties of veggies, whether the recipe calls for it or not.
Being keen eaters of colourful food we’ve said how cool it would be if we could take vegetables from our own veggie garden.
So last weekend, inspired by the sad news about Masters closing down, we headed to the hardware store to pick up some seedlings to begin our garden (despite the closing down sales not actually beginning until later).
We picked our favourite and only herb for our garden at the moment, a small rosemary bush as well as the very necessary lettuce seedlings and some cute accompanying baby carrots.
We decided to give two of our favourite vegetables a go from scratch as seeds so we grabbed packets of capsicum and zucchini seeds as well.
Now we’re fairly novice gardeners, in fact we have no experience at all (although John once grew a thriving spinach plant, so that’s a plus), so our expectations of being able to produce a harvest from these seeds are not high especially given how temperamental some plants can be.
However, I have great hope that at least one of the 125 seeds we planted may bring forth a shiny red capsicum or even a teeny zucchini.
We began our planting as the sun was going down, which made for a more exciting experience as we used the light of our phones to plant.
Before choosing our plants we researched online the best vegetables to plant at the end of winter/beginning of spring and read and reread the back of the seed packets to make sure we were planting them correctly.
We’re still fairly confused about how often to keep them watered though as different sources say different things and many say nothing at all about the watering processes prior to green shots. I’ll be so excited if we can get that far!
I didn’t think I’d be quite so pumped about growing vegetables but I can’t wait until we can see some progress and I’ll be so proud of our little seeds if they can reap a harvest.
Edit: John would like to add that both capsicum and zucchini are technically classified as fruits, after some extensive research. However, they are considered vegetables for culinary purposes.