On the plus side, the 5000 tomato plants that I planted seem to be thriving, as well as the peas and lettuce and peppers...oh and the beans are all doing great too. I also have a few pots on my second floor deck of tomatoes, basil, peppers, and cukes. It's the one place that is completely free of pests and animals. I wish it were a bit bigger so I could put even more up there...but potting soil is hella expensive, and I do want to learn to grow food in the ground anyways :-)
I'm really glad that I have the CSA though, it helps to know that even if my seeds fail, I have a backup...someone who actually knows what they are doing :-) I guess I better think about signing up for that winter CSA again too. But what if that wasn't a possibility? I guess I should pay better attention to what I am planting, and what I can do to make the plants actually produce food!
PYO strawberries starts today. I am definitely going to be doing that...most likely next week. There is something about going to a chemical free PYO that makes me happy. Also the fact that we will have strawberries this year (we didn't last year) and strawberry jam...my mouth is starting to water just thinking about it. Do you do PYO? Do you try and preserve the fruit so that you can have it all year round? Or do you buy from the grocery store? We mainly eat fruit seasonally, except bananas which my kids can't seem to get enough of. Although, when the choice is between berries and bananas, or apples and bananas it is always what is available locally and what is in season...maybe they know something I don't...or maybe I should just not bother with the bananas :-)