Meet the Candidates
May 27, 2009 1:45 pm
Updated: May 28, 2009 1:27 pm
Selecting what we are going to attempt to grow in our garden was certainly the most exciting part of the early stages of the project. Space is, of course, limited, so it would be impossible to really grow everything that sounded good as we perused the offerings available to us.
That being said, we went with some pretty basic selections. Herbs featured prominently in my wants partially because they are ridiculously expensive to buy in relation to what it seems like the cost will be when we grow our own. Additionally, we won't have that issue of buying a packet of fresh herbs for a recipe, only to have the unneeded portion of the container sit neglected in the refrigerator until it's time to be discarded. I HATE that!
We are crazy about basil in our house, so we got a few varieties of sweet basil, including something called "Magic Mountain" that looks and smells enough like my personal favorite Thai Basil. If all goes well, there will be an increase of Pad Thai and Thai Chili Noodle nights at our house.
Going along with that would be the two pepper varieties we selected. We have a red chile and a jalapeno pepper plant. Chile peppers are also very popular in our home. One of our favorite home breakfasts involves oatmeal topped with chopped apple and jalapeno pepper, so we are constantly in need of them.
Of course, if I have the Thai basil, I had to also have cilantro. In addition to it being a need for the Thai dishes, I'm also a fan of making my own salsa. You can make salsa without cilantro, but why bother?
We also have some peppermint and thyme. My mother-in-lay (from here on referred to as "Moops") gave us some chives and some of the mint they have growing like mad in a container on their back porch.
Tomatoes were also a natural. The consensus seems to be that the best tomatoes you'll ever eat are those from your garden eaten directly after harvesting. With a tagline like that, we happily selected some Romas and an Heirloom variety labelled as being "Seattle's Best" or something like that.
Just because, we also grabbed a "buttercup squash" as well as a zucchini plant. I though zucchini was smart because they seem to grow like mad, so that if all else failed, we'd likely have at least some zucchini to show for our efforts.
There's a possibility I've forgotten something, but that sure seems like all we got. It's not really much, really, but it's an exciting batch for our first foray into the gardening world. I'm fully aware there isn't ever going to be a day when I'm making a meal entirely from this particular garden, but there are a lot of ingredents there I'll be excited to have at hand and fresh in my own back yard!