There are a number of things I love to hear my wife say. However, a new one has been added to the list. A couple of weeks ago when I got home Amy told me:
“I didn’t have enough carrots for dinner so I had to harvest some more”
Isn’t that cool? I love growing our own food. Granted, we only grow a small percentage of what we eat, but it is deeply satisfying to grow something and then eat it. I love that my kids help cultivate the ground, plant the seeds, water the garden, and then harvest the fruit of their labor. They actually see that food doesn’t just come from the grocery store.
Vegetable gardening has always been a back-burner issue for me. I tried it several times in arid Colorado without much success. But here in Maputo, we have so much land to work with, I thought I would give it a try again. I’ve been delighted with the results.
Here’s a list of what we have grown in the last year:
Corn, Swiss Chard, Celery, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Onions, Carrots, Peppers, Broccoli, Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Chives, Basil, Lemongrass
We also have several fruit trees and plants in the works:
Lemon, Avocado, Coconut, Orange, Tangerine, Banana, Papaya, Mango, Pineapple