Hard to believe that we started our first garden (and the blog) only 3 years ago today! Gosh, it feels like a LOT longer.
I'm sure that many of you might wonder "Why is this blog named 500 Dollar Tomato?"
Looking back at the investment of time and money that it's taken to get the garden to where it's at today...Well, I'm sure that the smarter move would've been to just keep buying our fruits and veggies at the market.
Good thing I actually enjoy gardening!
I was curious as to what my thoughts were on my very first post 3 years ago...
Such is life in the North Carolina Piedmont where natural disasters are few. (Hugo, aside) But daily adversities such as hard clay, intense sun and all or nothing precipitation make vegetable gardening a joke.
SM and I were both raised in the lush greenness and yummy black soil of Ohio. (Funny how things become desirable when they're harder to get.) The reality is, like most kids, working the garden was a chore handed down by Mom & Dad.
SM is one of 8 kids. Gardens had to happen back then. Dad worked in the coal mines. Mom fixed one meal, cleaned up and began the next meal. (Rinse/Repeat) I can only imagine how big that garden was. Sweet corn, wax and green beans, peppers, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes....
"BLT sandwiches" SM says with a happy faraway smile. "Mmmmmm" sounding like Homer Simpson.
"When was the last time you had a really good tomato?" I asked.
(Me? I don't eat tomatoes. I can manage chili, pizza that sort of thing. I don't even like catsup on my fries.)
"Not recently....nothing tastes good anymore, you notice that? Tomatoes don't even smell like tomatoes. Peaches, nectarines? Hard as a rock. And the prices! $1.50 for a green pepper."
"No wonder we drink." I smile.
"We should plant a garden." SM says.
"We did! Don't you remember? Over there..." I nodded my head to where the shed now stands.
"Yeah...! Watered it twice a day cause that was the year we hit 100 degrees for half the summer!" I said exaggerating...(something I do quite well!) "All we got out of it was a few bitter green peppers and a petrified squash."
"Well, we should try again." SM points out... visions of tomatoes dancing in his head.
"Yeah right!" I kicked the ground with the heel of my shoe. "Hard as a rock! You can't even dig a hole in this stuff."
"Yeah...I guess you're right." He sighs.
(But somewhere a seed was planted. And if my Baby wants a tomato that tastes like a tomato, well then....)
The Veggie Garden
We have crappy soil.
We want tender delicious vegetables.
How do we get what we want?
We give the roots what they want. Crumbly brown nutrient rich soil. If we had been smart, we would have applied and tilled in manure and composts over the years into a selected area and let nature do it's thing. (SM spoke with a fellow here in town who has lived and gardened his plot for 20+ years and that is exactly what he does. Now he's got the good stuff.)
I want his good stuff and I want it now.
Immediate gratification. Gimmie gimmie gimmie!
Well, if you want it, you can have it....for a price. My price was $500.00
Every spring I get into a "project" mode. $500 dollars is what I consider a "doable" for our budget. It's an "ouch" not a "yikes".
So that's how it all came about. And we're STILL building the garden.
Thanks for stopping by as we begin our 4th year of adventures!