Over the years, we've all had multiple types of gardens at our places of residence. One of my first was 5x8 median in the parking lot of a bike shop I lived above. After a night of dreaming with a neighbor about what a great herb and flower plot it would be, I came home from work the next day to a lawn gnome and bottle of wine outside my door. I was inspired, and that garden grew herbs, flowers, and a strange squash that came out of some compost I hadn't let get hot enough. Years later I can swing by and the perennials are established and beautiful. For Kat and Justin's house warming gift I put in a 6x12 semi-raised vegetable bed that we've planted every year since. Allison has carried wooden wine crates that she turned into planters to several homes, and they've provided her with both herbs and vegetables in their time.
This year we're all expanding our gardens a little more. For Allison it will be brand-new gardens in her brand-new home, for me it will be adding new beds to my current set-up, and for Kat and Justin it will be adding more variety to their planting list. We chose to start our seeds at home and to split our seed order among the three of us as well as two other friends. A seed packet will generally produce many more plants than a single gardener needs.
Our focus is on having locally-sourced, chemical-free, native and heirloom varieties of plants. After some research, we chose to go with Asheville, NC based Sow True Seed. This year we're planting a variety of vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and cutting flowers. None of those categories are mutually exclusive, as many plants fall into more than one category.
To make our seed selection, we each decided what would be best for our individual needs and wants, and them put them all together to be inspired by each others selections. I'm am so excited to see these seeds grow into plants, and become nourishment to our bodies, homes, spirits, and yards. Check back in to see how our newest foray into gardening goes.
*Sow True Seed is a company that we researched and made a conscious decision to use. They were great to work with and their customer service was charming. This is not a sponsored post, and unless someone from Sow True happens to read this blog, they probably don't know we wrote about them.