I’m not sure how many of you are following me on Instagram. If you’re not, maybe you should start @gourmetbae. There’s a great picture up there from the day I decided to become a farmer.
The week if Easter on a whim and very ambitiously I decided to start a Gourmet Bae farm. ( I’m exaggerating here… fam is not the right word, more like micro garden) the complete opposite of sustainability. But hey, it’s the thought that counts right. I’ve always wanted to start my own vegetable and herb garden, but I was not blessed with green thumbs. After the excitability wears off I would probably forget to water them, or even over water them.
In grade school when you made potted plants for Mother’s Day mine always died. I was just that bad.
Impulsively I begin circling the seed selection at a local discount store ( probably my first mistake). I pick the ones that I’m most interested in, and won’t take years to get started. I pick up some mini starter pots, porting soil and some miracle grow and head to the cashier stand.
I get home, and I’m ready for action. I even labeled each row using a toothpick and index cards laminated with tape. I planted, watered, and impatiently waited for signs of growth. My original plan was to start them inside so the animals couldn’t trample over them.
On Easter Sunday it was beautiful out! I still have tan lines from that day weeks later.
I decided to give my babies some supervised outside tanning time as I was doing the same for myself.
It was beautiful out, but it was also very windy. About an hour after I’d put them outside I head a noise, but thought nothing of it. When I finally decided to get off my lawn chair I discovered that my newly started “farm” was over before it even had a chance. I was devastated and decided, that was it, I’m clearly not meant to grow things.
A few weeks later I decided to try again. This time I started everything off in egg shell cartons, and now they get their sun from the kitchen window. They are doing great! I invested a little less time in this micro garden, so I have plants growing but I have no idea what they are. But they are growing and that is something to be excited about! Can’t wait to cook with my home grown herbs and make awesome salads with my spinach, lettuce, kale, and tomatoes!