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From the Garden Plot
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Written by Alicia Ghio   
I’m cold. It’s dark. I am in desperate need of more long underwear. It is winter in New England after all. It could be worse, but that doesn’t stop me from complaining. I’m just not a fan of the cold, dark days of winter.
However, this year is a little different. I have a project to fill my head with dreams of warmer days. I am planning my very first vegetable garden. I should probably point out that I am FAR from a green thumb. Right now I’m looking at the plant in my office – it’s one of those you can’t kill it kind of plants – yeah, it’s dying.
Needless to say when it comes to my garden adventure I feel completely overwhelmed, totally inexperienced, yet optimistic and excited. I try to eat locally and seasonally as much as possible and you can’t get more local than your backyard.
 So, this winter I have books to read, websites to consult, and plans to make. Thus far I have decided to do a 4’ by 4’ raised bed made out of cedar. It seems like a reasonably manageable size. If all goes well I can expand with additional raised beds in years to come. I also have tentatively chosen where to place the garden in our yard. It’s a relatively flat area at the far side of our house that gets about 6-8 hours of sun a day. I’ll also grow herbs in various containers around the patio. (Herbs are the one area I have had success with in the past.)
Next on my list: What to grow? Should I start with seeds, small plants from my local nursery, or a combination of both? Where should I plant what within the space? Is there a way to fence it in without it being an eyesore?
It’s all a delightful adventure. I’ll keep you posted…
About Alicia:
With degrees in Communications and Psychology Alicia prides herself on being a perpetual student saying there is always more to learn. Together with her husband Alicia owns a video production company based in Connecticut and is the creator, producer and host of the web food show The Natural Princess. And because food is always on her mind she also is the author of the blog Local Food Rocks. Alicia is a passionate home cook on a mission to inspire others to know where their food comes from, to know what’s in it and to savor the flavors of fresh, local ingredients.
Photo credits: Renato Ghio


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