Garden lust: an interview with Katherine

We have a special treat today! I interviewed my good friend Katherine on her approach to gardening. Katherine spends her summers feasting on the delicious produce she’s grown.

C&B: What is your garden like?
Katherine: My organic garden consists of two raised beds, which are roughly 10 feet by 10 feet with a pathway and tiny makeshift bench in middle.  My plot is one of about 40 in the P-Patch in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.

C&B: How long have you been interested in gardening?
Katherine: I only became interested in gardening about 5 years ago. I think the organic and local food movement along with the increased interest in at home food gardens like the one Michelle Obama put in at the White House really spurred my interest.

C&B: What do you like to grow?
Katherine: I like to grow tomatoes, strawberries, and herbs because they’re expensive at the store and so much more flavorful straight from the garden. I grow zucchinis and broccoli because they grow prolifically and it is satisfying to get a big yield of some crop. I grow kale because I could eat it morning, noon, and night. I grew dahlias for the first time this year and they were gorgeous.

C&B: What has been your biggest disaster so far?
Katherine: Last year I tried to grow brussel sprouts but aphids burrowed into them and generally completely encrusted them. There were so many aphids that I couldn’t eat the brussel sprouts. Oddly, the aphids weren’t interested in anything else in my garden.

C&B: How has growing food affected the way you eat?
Katherine: In the summer I can get about 50% of my produce from my garden so my garden helps me cut down on my food bill. Also, the abundance of produce in the summer encourages me to make meals made with produce exclusively from my garden, which makes me feel very self sufficient. Lastly, the freshness and flavor of the food from my garden has made me realize how old and flavorless some grocery store produce is.


C&B: Do you have tips for other city-dwellers who want to grow their own food?  

Katherine: If you don’t have a yard, like me, sign up for a City of Seattle P-Patch. It took me three years to get a plot but some of the P-Patch locations around the city have a shorter waitlist. There are 75 City of Seattle P-Patches.
Thanks, Katherine! (I’m now on the ultra-long p-patch list, but I’m hoping that visualizing gardening now will make it a reality for next year.)


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