I was inspired to start a garden after reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal Vegetable Miracle this winter.  If you need convincing, her chapter on asparagus was particularly mesmerizing (though that seems more like Veggie 301 vs. something for beginners, so I’ll wait to try it).  Barbara had a whole farm to play with in West Virginia (?), and we live in the middle of Boston, but still wanted to give it a shot.

Boston’s South End is an amazingly beautiful historic neighborhood that is teeming with community gardens, but the waiting lists are years long!  Not only am I too impatient to wait for a plot, but I’m also lazy enough to know that if I didn’t have to leave home to tend the garden, we’d be in great shape.  We don’t have a lot of outdoor space, but we do have a decently sized deck with some extra room around the edges.  One of the big trees that borders the deck fell over during one of the winter snowstorms, which was very sad!  But it did give us access to more sunlight along our south-facing railing.

And our container garden was born.  Not knowing much of anything about gardening, we wanted to chronicle our first attempt.  Welcome to the blog!


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