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Nase Zahrada: I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. 
May 27, 2009 11:40 am 
Updated: May 27, 2009 1:59 pm
"Nase Zahrada" is how I believe you'd write "Our Garden" in Czech, which is the native language of my maternal grandparents who, before this past weekend, had given me my only real experience whatsoever in growing food.

Unfortunately, sitting in Grandpa's lap on the big red Allis-Chalmers as he drove through the fields didn't really relay all that much of use beyond great memories. Likewise, being sent into the fields with the offer of a nickel for every big rock we could find and bring back to the house did little other than allow some kid-free time around the kitchen table for a gang of aunts and uncles to chatter away in Czech while drinking from cans of Red, White & Blue beer and engaging in spirited rounds of pinochle.

Hence, my continual idea that it would be nice to grow my own herbs and tomatoes remained just that over the years: an idea. It's an idea I had shared with my wife several times, wondering whether she could spur me beyond the idea phase, mostly because I knew she actually had some practical knowledge of gardening beyond my near vacuum of wisdom in that area.

Then on Sunday morning on our way home from a nice brunch and a walk around downtown Edmonds, the spark was ignited.

The suggestion was that we would get back to the house and I would get to watch game four of the NHL Western Conference finals (Go Red Wings!) while The Missus would perhaps grab her vehicle and hit the gardening center at Home Depot to collect supplies for gardening.

I was excited. This might actually happen! I wasn't about to just leave it to chance at this point. The DVR was already rolling on the game, so I wasn't in a huge rush to get home for that. Instead, I took the exit that would take us where we began the process.

Once we started looking at various herbs and vegetable starts, I was hooked for good. I have no practical reason to believe this is going to be a success other than I want it to be and will do whatever I can to help these things grow and produce. You couldn't really start any closer to zero than I did in beginning this garden as far as knowledge and experience go, so this is going to be a pretty good measure of just how practical it is for the average person to be able to grow food in their back yard. It really is a case of "If I can do it, anyone can do it."

and I honestly think I can.
May 27, 2009 1:59 pm
Everybone has to start somewhere at sometime for something. (How profound). Good for you that you are tackling this head on. I planted my own garden a few weeks ago, some from starts, others items from seed. My seeds are popping up everywhere and it really does give you such a sense of accomplishment. Keep us posted.
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I'm a native Michigander who has landed in the Pacific Northwest. I'm not hating the 40 degree low temperatures in winter, to be sure, especially when reading about the snowstorms back home. I've also lived in Atlanta, Denver, Madison, and Germany. I have restaurant experience working in Asian cuisine and American barbeque. I just enjoy the rhythm of prepping and cooking in the kitchen with a little music to keep me company. The bonus is when your guests truly enjoy the results of all the work.
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