Hi there! My name is Jude and I love to garden. Truth be told, I barely know what I’m doing, but I try to fake it until I make it.

I’ve always had an interest in growing food, mostly because I’m super into cooking and eating, and there truly is no comparison between grocery store produce and veggies you grew yourself. I also love the work involved, the nurturing of the plants and fussing over them, to finally be rewarded with something wonderful and delicious. And unique! There are so many possibilities in interesting varieties of veggies you can grow yourself. So so so much more than what you can buy at the supermarket. My three year old daughter, Ruby, still talks about the purple pole beans we grew last summer and insists we have them again this year.

Speaking of kids, I should mention that I’m 7.5 months pregnant. I’m expecting our second daughter the week after our last frost date. A week after our big planting weekend. Why would I undertake a big garden when I’m expecting a newborn?

Our first daughter was born in January of 2012. We lived in a townhouse in a neighbourhood that wasn’t exactly easy to get around outside on foot. There was nowhere really to walk to. Not many parks or green areas to hang out. I experienced some pretty crappy post partum depression for the first four months, and I attribute at least some of that to the fact that it was the middle of winter, and I was trapped in my house. This baby is due end of May and we now live in a lovely house with a big garden. I’m planning to use my garden as a great reason to spend a lot of time outdoors, getting lots of sunshine, being active, and really soaking up the vitamin D.

This year I will be starting seeds in my home, which is something I’ve never done before. I’ve always bought young seedlings from the garden centre or just direct sown seeds that can go straight into the earth. Starting your own seeds gives you a world of choice, as most seed companies have so many more options than what you can buy as seedlings at a garden centre.

I have 9 different varieties of tomato seeds. Tomatoes are my favourite crop to grow.

New things I’m trying this year are peppers,  Tromboncino squash, eggplants, watermelon, patty pan squash, and all new tomato varietals. I’m also going to try to grow beets again. I have tried to grow beets several times, and have only ever been successful at growing beet tops. A root never forms. This year I’m starting them a fair bit earlier hoping it will make a difference. Jerk beets.

Ive got my seedling trays planted and now we wait for germination! And once those suckers sprout, I’ve got a fancy new grow light system set up to make them strong and happy.  I’m excited to see how it all turns out!