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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
—The Dalai Lama

Rhubarb is a metaphor for finding happiness in your own backyard.
—Garrison Keillor

Buy your snacks from a farmers’ market.
—Michael Pollan

Even when he had a garden in Paris, Thomas Jefferson cultivated Indian corn, “to eat green in our manner, …as quickly after it left the stalk as possible.
—Evan Jones, from American Food

This is Not a Gardening Blog

In the Kitchen with Bronwyn welcomes Corrie Austin, new to both Vermont and to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon. And, it is no surprise to this writer that she trained as an architect before falling in love and following her Vermont-born husband to our green mountains.

Lawn Shit

This is a blog about local Vermont Food, and how much more local can you get than your own backyard?  Embracing Vermont’s archetypically local-frame-of-mind, I am starting a garden.

Being as I have spent my young adult years bouncing from apartment to apartment, mostly in the urban center of Portland, OR, the closest I have come to maintaining my own garden is the summer I grew cherry tomatoes and cilantro plants on my fire escape “patio.”  Although I no longer live downtown, I still live in an apartment.  Thankfully, my landlord, aka my father-in-law, will let me plant a garden!

Wood Cutting

I have decided to build raised beds, and for the following reasons:

1. It delineates a private area in an otherwise publicly shared yard space

2. It’s pretty

3. It’s good for the plants!  We get some chilly weather here, we had snow twice in April this year; raised beds allow the soil to heat up faster and stay warmer; we also live on a hill, so this will help manage the water drainage.

Level beds

I bought my seeds and a grow light at the Gardener’s Supply Company a couple weeks ago.  It’s my new favorite place.  It’s like Cheers: the manager remembered me and helped me find the woman I worked with on my first visit.  We took off again like old friends.  Her name is Betsy, and she is WONDERFUL at her job.  She’s got loads of experience and is bubbling to share it. Bonus: Gardener’s Supply Company is employee-owned and has it’s headquarters in Burlington!

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I picked out seed packets of all my favorite vegetables, and Betsy helped me edit down to the plants that are more likely to be successful if starting from seed and growing in Vermont.  I went home with: kale, red lettuce, zucchini, delicata squash, carrot, and beet seeds.  Poetically, I planted my seeds on Earth Day!  My dining room has become my nursery; I plan to transplant into my outdoor beds Memorial Day weekend, as per my new friend, Betsy’s, suggestion.

deck

Nothing caps off the perfect day spent outside working like a cold Lawson’s “Sip of Sunshine” on the patio.

I am under the impression that if my garden is successful, I will gain special access to a secret and elite group of hardcore Vermonters who grow all sorts of things here, despite the short growing season and late frosts.  I want IN!  I’m sure it won’t be my dream garden right out of the gates, but I am prepared for all sorts of learning experiences along the journey.  Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 4-29-2017

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I am under the impression that if my garden is successful, I will gain special access to a secret and elite group of hardcore Vermonters who grow all sorts of things here, despite the short growing season and late frosts.  I want IN!  I'm sure it won't be my dream garden right out of the gates, but I am prepared for all sorts of learning experiences along the journey.  Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Lawn Shit This is a blog about local Vermont Food, and how much more local can you get than your own backyard?  Embracing Vermont's archetypically local-frame-of-mind, I am starting a garden. Being as I have spent my young adult years bouncing from apartment to apartment, mostly in the urban center of Portland, OR, the closest I have come to maintaining my own garden is the summer I grew cherry tomatoes and cilantro plants on my fire escape "patio."  Although I no longer live downtown, I still live in an apartment.  Thankfully, my landlord, aka my father-in-law, will let me plant a garden! Wood Cutting I have decided to build raised beds, and for the following reasons: 1. It delineates a private area in an otherwise publicly shared yard space 2. It's pretty 3. It's good for the plants!  We get some chilly weather here, we had snow twice in April this year; raised beds allow the soil to heat up faster and stay warmer; we also live on a hill, so this will help manage the water drainage. Level beds I bought my seeds and a grow light at the Gardener's Supply Company a couple weeks ago.  It's my new favorite place.  It's like Cheers: the manager remembered me and helped me find the woman I worked with on my first visit.  We took off again like old friends.  Her name is Betsy, and she is WONDERFUL at her job.  She's got loads of experience and is bubbling to share it. Bonus: Gardener's Supply Company is employee-owned and has it's headquarters in Burlington! s I picked out seed packets of all my favorite vegetables, and Betsy helped me edit down to the plants that are more likely to be successful if starting from seed and growing in Vermont.  I went home with: kale, red lettuce, zucchini, delicata squash, carrot, and beet seeds.  Poetically, I planted my seeds on Earth Day!  My dining room has become my nursery; I plan to transplant into my outdoor beds Memorial Day weekend, as per my new friend, Betsy's, suggestion. [caption id="attachment_4208" align="aligncenter" width="520"]deck Nothing caps off the perfect day spent outside working like a cold Lawson's "Sip of Sunshine" on the patio.[/caption]

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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I am under the impression that if my garden is successful, I will gain special access to a secret and elite group of hardcore Vermonters who grow all sorts of things here, despite the short growing season and late frosts.  I want IN!  I'm sure it won't be my dream garden right out of the gates, but I am prepared for all sorts of learning experiences along the journey.  Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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2 responses to “This is Not a Gardening Blog”

  1. I know Bronwyn did not write this post…did I miss an introduction to the lovely young gardener pictured above?

  2. Bronwyn says:

    Yes, you did, Christine. If you check out the previous post, you’ll see my intro to Corrie Austen’s “take-over”. So happy to have her enthusiastic spirit extending the blog’s reach!

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