I had a real itch to start a garden this year. Well, I actually had a real itch to buy a CSA basket and bask in the array of fresh produce it would surely provide each week. And I had an even bigger itch to spend less at the grocery store. Gas prices really do affect the price of food, which I re-learn each time I walk out of the store, never spending less than $40.

And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little inspired by Bonzai Aphrodite‘s uber-impressive urban farm. I’d love to do tire potatoes next year if I don’t kill everything in my microgarden this year.

So with the help of my mother and Gaertner’s Greenhouse in Saginaw, I’m growing heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, sunset lettuce, swiss chard, oregano and basil this year in a mini garden. Most of my seeds came from Sustainable Seed Co., in case you’re wondering.

I’ve never grown produce before, so I started small. I bought a poly-plastic, snap-together garden bed and set it up on the west side of our house (do you know how hard it is to find untreated lumber at the big box home stores? do you know we only have big box home stores in this little town?) and things are beginning to grow.

Here’s a peek at what’s popping up around here.

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