Sunday, July 26, 2009

I am Jealous

I am jealous of those people who grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Don't you just love the idea of grabbing your herbs from your own garden? It would be like having your own mini Farmer's Market in your back yard! Fresh juicy tomatoes straight off the vine. Fresh dill for the perfect potato salad. Apples and peaches for a pie you want to bake.

One of my old coworkers grew a lot of his own veggies, and he would bring to work any that came out to be a weird shape or color like it was a science project. He was so proud of his produce, it was cute. I would always tease him about his father-like pride towards his vegetables. But growing your own food really is a thing of beauty.

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One day when I have my own garden, I am going to grow basil, plums, parsley, tomatoes and lots of yummy berries.

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What about you? What food grows in your garden? And if you are gardenless like me - what are you growing in your make-believe garden?

(PS. The winner of the Sweet William Givewaway is SK. Hooray!)

63 comments:

Sara Ancich said...

We (me and me 3 kiddos) just planted pumpkins and colossal sunflowers, which gro 7 - 10 feet tall. Fall should be pretty festive around here.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Condo gardenless, I am...and I'd love some string beans and oranges...and while I'm pretending, I'd like to throw in some roses & peonies! ;)

m ^..^

Lily G. said...

Oh wow, I wish I had my own garden for fresh veggies and fruits. My parents have their own garden. It's awesome!

Gabby said...

This is the first year I've planted anything. I have basil and tomatoes...so far only 2 tomatoes, but we're crossing our fingers for more!

Love your artwork on this post!

Rachel Follett said...

Me to! I just found out a few of our friends grow their own fruit and vegetables and now I am really wishing I had a little yard for this. Love the color of your illustration. Really pretty!

Little Miss Tiara said...

ahaha... wow, I've never thought of having my own garden with fruits planted on it, knowing myself as a very bad gardener, I don't like staying under the sun for too long (gah, I have to say I love shopping at the mall better?)

so Dionne, once you have your garden and harvested them, can I ask some tomatoes and cucumbers? Oh, the berries look yummy too! :P

Make Do and Send said...

I have just started growing Basil, Tomatoes and Lola Rossa Lettuce in pots just outside my back door. It really is the coolest thing ever to use something your've grown from seed :)

Vanessa said...

I live in an apartment with no balcony, so sadly, I can't grow anything... BUT, here at our summer farm in the middle of the Swedish forrest, we pick fruit and mushrooms. So far this weeks we've picked raspberries, wild strawberries, chanterelles, blueberries, rhubarb and cherries all this week. Not bad :-)

abigail said...

I rented a community garden plot this year and planted tons of things. We haven't bought a vegetable since June and just yesterday we picked our very first tomatoes of the season!
Sometimes I have so much maternal pride in my vegetables I don't want to eat them, but I get over it pretty quickly.

Ore, said...

okay first of all I am totally in love with your blog. I wake up to it every morning. I especially love it because it's so different to every other blog I read and second of all one of my friends has a mini-farm in her huge back garden which is lovely! The fruit and veg is always fresh and you can tell the difference between those that you buy in the supermarket and the freshly grown ones! Nature sure does have its perks! :)

Jessica Marie said...

i'm jealous of people's gardens as well.. reid and i are buying a house this year so next year i'll have a yard! can't wait to plant all kinds of wonderful things :D

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

we only have a small green patch in our garden so it's not ideal for growing things..... having said that, i tried to grow some parsley in a pot on my kitchen windowsill and that didn't turn out too well, so i doubt i'd manage anything bigger lol

Olivia Rae said...

I've always wanted to grow my own herbs and vegetables... Tyler is going to have a garden this year and I'm definitely taking part credit for it..I have a few window plant herbs since I'm in an apartment but it's not the same!

Kaye Prince said...

Oh, I would love to have a little garden too! In my imaginary garden I grow no end of herbs, tomatoes, berries, zucchini, peppers, and potatoes too! I'd also love to have an apple orchard (granny smith especially) and a flower garden full of sweet old-timey blooms like hydrangeas and sweet peas. What a lovely dream!

Jaime said...

When I was little, my mom would buy a cherry tomato plant every year, and my brother and I would get so excited to pick the tomatoes and use them in salads that night. I def want to pass this planting tradition on to my kids!

oh, hello friend. said...

aw, you would have the loveliest garden! ;)

it would be so awesome to have my own garden, i would seriously love it! but i have no green thumb whatsoever, everything would probably not grow or something!

i love houses with fruit though, my moms house has cherries and pears! it's so fun and they hardly require any work - they kind of grow on their own! that is my kind of plant ;)

Lindsey said...

I want a victory garden.

When we moved into our home in Salt Lake, my mom replanted the garden that the previous tenants had begun, and it was huge. Over the years we had peas, squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower, corn, chives, and even an apple tree!

Homegrown food will always remind me of my childhood; my mom's garden which was fenced in by an ivy-covered wall with a tiny gate (I called it the secret garden), and my grandpa's giant back yard that was always a cornucopia of delicious eats. I can't wait to own a bit of earth, so I can do the same.

a little twig birdhouse said...

The house we are buying has a great area in the backyard for a vegetable box, I can't wait! It also already has a handful of trees: grapefruit, lemon, orange, avocado and fig. I'm not a big fig fan but am looking forward to making jams and such with the figs.

Monica said...

Since I'm not outdoorsy, it's a good thing my mom has a garden ... and doesn't cook! So I end up with all her fresh produce like humungo zucchini, squash, bell peppers, cucumbers and more.
BTW, your 1920s party sounded like the best time ever! I wanna go to a party like that.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I used, to but I simply have no time these days... ;(
I'm thinking of growing more fruit trees!

Elle Bee... said...

I have little herb pots in my window sill, but no room for a garden. Mint, rosemary, chives, jalapeno peppers and oregano are ripe for the picking. It's not much, but it's nice to have some fresh herbs within reach.

Polished Sense said...

I live in a town home now, so I'm growing tomatoes, parsley, dill, cilantro, basil and oregano.

I wish I had a bigger patio to grow more! Yummy post, love the shots and the illustration!

xo,
Jessica

Perfectly Flawed said...

V quick as bed is calling and laptop battery is dying. I only have 3 balcony boxes but I have salad leaves, peppers, chives, corriander and rocket. My point is I am a useless gardener with no garden but I have some of my own produce - anyone can do it!!Mwahx

Michele said...

I'm like you green with envy! Growing up we always had a garden and I ate some of the things but a lot of it I was too young (and picky) to appreciate. Now that I live on my own in a condo with my bf I complain all the time that we made a mistake by buying a condo instead of a smaller fixer-uper with a yard. It seems so much more important to me now.

SK said...

Hurray! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to enter for the wonderful give-away! I'll be e-mailing you soon :)

I never knew how fortunate I was to have a grandma who tended her garden in our backyard when I was growing up in Illinois. It's unfortunate because I never really took advantage of all the fresh veggies she grew! I'd really like to go back to Chicago and learn how to grow food.

Tomatoes and the Korean staple: sesame leaves would be top contenders in my garden!

avant garde said...

i'm jealous of those veggie people too! :) once i own my own home, that's it...i'm putting in a real garden and am going to reap the beautiful benefits that hopefully it provides. "rent" was AWESOME! thanks for asking. my son loved it too. i keep trying to inspire him towards his options regarding drama and the arts as it is what he is most interested in while in high school right now, and so talented at. :)

JennyMac said...

My MIL has a huge garden...we get fresh vittles so often that I would love to do my own garden. I do grow basil, rosemary, and lemon verbena though and LOVE having fresh herbs.

Holly said...

we are growing watermelon, tomatoes and peppers. first time doing it solo, so just trying out a few things before i go crazy. maybe you can have an herb garden on a windowsill??

Michelle said...

I have a little garden of pots outside my house. One has parsley, basil and rosemary. I have 2 patio tomato plants, a jalapeno plant and 4 bell pepper plants!

Amanda Nicole said...

I know what you mean - what I wouldn't give for a vegetable garden! Instead I have some potted herbs, which is all my apartment living will allow.

Phoenix said...

Could I grow macaroni and cheese and oreos in my make-believe garden? No?

Okay, then. Avocados and red grapefruit, please. :)

aubrey said...

well we hav etwo little balconies..and my mum&dad try to grow some vegetables..and they seem to be very successfull!!:D
now we're growing pepper,cumcumber and zuchini..yummy yummy:)
xx

Ali said...

I so wish my family and I could do this. Unfortunately, Molly (one of my dogs) would definitely eat everything! Someday...

Maria Confer said...

One day I will have my own vegetable and herb garden!! Nothing tastes better than fresh produce.

Hannah said...

We do have a garden and its wonderful to be able to have fresh produce; delightfully refreshing. :)

Oh, loved the pictures. :)

Carol said...

Me too!! I have some herbs on the balcony, but I can't wait to have my own year and grow tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, everything!!

Rebekah Williams said...

Hey Dionne! This is my first year to garden. It's been fun with the kids. We have squash, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, and basil. It's been so amazing to grow my own stuff!

Saw you're a Coldplay fan. You'll have to ck out my post yesterday. Went to the concert. Ahh...heaven!!

Hello, darling said...

I love those first two pictures. I haven't vowed to grow my own veg [although now I think about it I would like to do it] but I have thought about baking my own bread [purely for the smell when it's done haha] ♥

Melissa Blake said...

oh, yeah! I'm jealous of them too. The most i've ever done is watch my mother as she planted tomatoes in our yard.

Pas said...

Hey there cutie! Fun post. :) I love that illustration! I just finished canning applesauce using apples from my parents orchard. I just blogged about it. :)

I received my swap gift! That'll be my next post.

Have a beautiful day!

Charlotte Drene said...

I understand completely where you are coming from, wanting an edible garden.

My Grandma has nectarines, peaches, three types of apples, blackberries, plums, raspberries, mint leaves, beans, grapes and raspberries.

Spring is good at Grandmas!

PorkStar said...

I am actually jealous of your website. : )

Ali said...

Also miss vegetable, I tagged you in something on mah blog. :)

Kristin said...

In my make believe organic garden I would have heirloom tomatoes, cherries and strawberries. Sigh.

Brunch at Saks said...

I was just talking to my boyfriend today about having our own garden! I agree with you- having a personal garden would be just fabulous :) XOXO

photojoy said...

I'm pretty sure if I had enough time, I want to grow many vegetbles in the garden. We have already some fruits trees. Yes, it is such a wonderful reward from our house which has been handed down for generations.

Iva said...

you are totally right!!! its time for our own garden!!! ...tomorrow is a garden day!! :)thank you!

leslie said...

another fun illustration...I too would love a big garden! I only grow tomatoes right now...

Eric said...

Someone may have already mentioned this, but a lot of cities have gardening areas that you can rent to grow your own fruits and veggies. Also, there's a lot that you can just grow on your porch or deck.

I miss you Dionne.

posie joyce said...

Last year i grew alot of veges but this year i have the flower-bug and need all my space for anemones and poppies! I still have one bed for strawberries though, and this year we are going to grow giant tomatoes. If you want to grow herbs the best place is in pots, you can even grow them inside if you dont have a yard, so anyone can have a mini-garden if they want - easy peasy...

piglet said...

I would love to grow my own veggies.
unfortunately it will have to wait until I own my own home.

Mo said...

i heard a legend that some strawberries are growing at the very end of my garden..i need to check it out ! I would love to have rasberries... and carrots...carrots are fun :-)

Maki said...

I am jealous too - I wish I could grow oranges and tomatoes or peaches..

The only thing that's growing in my garden, oh nope, in my pot is basil and mint. Still, I'm happy I get to pick them when I cook for lunch or dinner:)

Kotori said...

I'm making a raised planter this fall as I just have to grow my own veggies - just love the idea of it! Tomatoes, herbs and anything that I think my kids might eat...all in the garden. Yum.

PS~Erin said...

I don't grow... anything. In theory I wish I did. I'd love to have fresh veggies and herbs at my fingertips. In reality though, I know I wouldn't want to tend to them to make them flourish. My mom has the greenest thumb around and truly loves gardening and yard work. I didn't inherit this gene. I do love when she drops by with fresh tomatoes and jalepenos though!

captivate me. said...

there is nothing better than fresh fruits and vegetables--especially when you can grab them straight form your garden!! Maybe I'll get a garden when I move out of city living...

Kristin said...

We always had a garden growing up (my mom can grow anything!)... my favorites were the raspberry bushes and the green beans. I wish I had a yard to grow my own garden -- or at least try! -- and look forward to someday trying my hand at it.

Even though it's not possible around here in Chicago, I'd love to have lemon trees, too. ;)

ReadyGo said...

I would love to have a garden too. Some tomatoes, cucumbers and squash would be so great. I would also have a bed of wild flowers so I could always have fresh flowers in the house!

RhiannonM said...

Everything in my garden died. I was trying to go organic and somehow failed at pest control. I did get two tomatos from my plant, and was able to use my basil once. Otherwise, I am quite sad by my failure at gardening. I am going to further research organic pest control and then try again. I am not sure if I will try for Autumn or wait til next Spring, but we'll see. I AM jealous of people who can just make things grow.

Carlita said...

with our new house, we're changing the layout of the back yard to better optimize the space for a garden! so next springtime, i better get a green thumb about me because it'll be my first time going at this alone! very excited though...

and our pear tree is ripening up so in a few months, we'll have pear everything!

iheartkiwi said...

is there anything better than a sun ripened tomato? i used to love growing a summer garden as a kid...

sadly, condos don't come with gardens but maybe i'll start doing a little window box gardening!

A French Cloud said...

we're lucky to have wonderful farmer's markets where I can enjoy all of nature's bounty...but oh how I wish I could grow my own tomatoes to go along with the basil I love.
*thanks for stopping by-your blog is beautiful!

Candi said...

I have cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers and zucchini. I think that's it? ;)