Happy Sunday! Hope you have enjoyed some time to sit, time to read, talked to friends and found yourself ready for another week. This weekend found a new addition to my ever-extending family and the as-yet-unnamed baby boy is a tiny reminder for me that there is still a bit of wonder left in the world. I can't wait to meet him!
On a fun note-- a while ago I was asked to write a guest post for my friend Scott, who you may remember him from his Sock Monkey interview a few years ago! Make sure you visit his blog, not only to read my exclusive recipe but also start following him because he is awesome for helpful tips and techniques, as well as recipes. Check it out on cookwithscott.com.
As promised, dear readers, here is what I elected to plant in this year's veggie garden! I came to these selections based on the seed recommendations in the book I mentioned earlier in the week (The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb). Her appendices are a wealth of resources and I highly suggest you get your mitts on a copy. I also chose based on wanting as many heirloom varieties as possible as well as on arbitrary criteria like prettiness.
I was able to order the seeds online from four different suppliers: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Annie's Heirloom Seeds, Territorial Seed Co and Botanical Interests. I got great customer service from each supplier, though some had better shipping prices than others and none of the suppliers carried every seed variety I wanted, hence the mix-n-match. I did realize that it was impractical to do everything from seed, even in my temperate climate. I opted to buy starts of tomatoes (two slicing and one cherry variety) and herbs (basil, thyme, and oregano in the bed and rosemary and mint in their own pots as they have a tendency to take over). I also included flowers because 1- it's my party and I want to and 2- they make great companions for veggies! Sunflowers make me happy and they also help sweeten your cucumbers (yum!) Marigolds are a pest deterrent, are edible and I have dried and infused them for natural skin remedies. Nasturtiums are also edible and attract pollinators.
There are tons of ways to try your hand at companion planting:
When it came to planting, I followed the instructions on the seed packets (except the row-style spacing, as that is the point of postage stamp gardening). So far, I have planted my lettuces, carrots, beets, nasturtiums, marigolds, sunflowers, jerusalem artichokes (a gift from a friend tossed in at the last minute), beans, peas, tomato starts, mint and rosemary. Once it gets a little warmer I'll be planting the rest of the herbs, cucumbers and the squashes. Whew!
Now I know what you're all thinking--- "This sounds great... but how much did it cost?!" Well I'll tell you, gimme a second!
Building Materials: $95
Soil & fertilizer: $65
Seeds (plus shipping): $80
Starts (so far): $25
Total: $265 plus about 7 hours total labor for building, filling with soil and planting
It seems like a lot but I'm hopeful that I will get a LOT of veggies out of it and that with this big up front investment, I'll save in the long run by growing my veggies instead of buying them. I'm also hoping later in the season to build a hoop cloche around the bed to extend my growing season even further and of course I'll show you how I did once I get there.
Now for the good stuff...
Gems of the Internet: LadyWeek
The Illustrious Anne Wheaton (wife to Wil) tricked assh*le GamerGate-ers into donating to Freminist Frequency! Way to turn some hate in to some good.
Shit People Say to Female Directors. I just can't with people sometimes.
Favorites Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer celebrate JLD's last f*ckable day in this brilliant sketch
If you're like me, you can't seem to get enough of Amy Schumer this week so get a dose of body confidence with this speech she made at The Gloria Awards Gala
Herstory is made this week with (finally!) confirming Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Knocking down that glass ceiling with justice.
Hope you've enjoyed this week's flood of Betty! If you just can't get enough of me and you want to see more pics of my garden as it grows, check me out on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! As always, I wanna know what you think so keep the comments, questions and suggestions coming along with your own projects at #bettybetatester. xo