So last fall, I picked up a bunch of bulbs and diligently read the instructions on the back of the bags. Yup, that was my method for growing this fabulous new garden. No gardening books for me! Fortunately, it seemed to turn out well. Look - crocuses!
I also have some tulips shooting up! Exciting!
Flowers are the only thing I planted - or plan to plant - this year. Mr. ValleyWriter and I discussed doing a garden, but with my track record, I was afraid it would be a waste of money in seeds and tools. Instead, we joined our local CSA (community supported agriculture) farm - Mountain View Farm in Easthampton. For a really reasonable price (I thought), we get a share of the farm's crops for the season. They plan to have a wide variety of all-organic crops, including tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, beets, carrots, strawberries, watermelon and more!
Since moving to the Valley a couple of years ago, I've tried to visit a lot of farm stands and farmer's markets, but I have to admit, I've still bought a lot of grocery store produce (even when things were in season). So this year, I'm so excited to get fresh-from-the farm, organic, local veggies all summer long! If you're interested - it looks like they might still have shares to sell - go check out the Web site today. Only a month and a half until the first crops are ready!