The Gardenless Summer

31 May

This will be my second summer in Las Vegas (not by choice), and my second summer without a garden. Heartwrenching. I am keeping a small herb garden…. maybe trying to keep would be more accurate. My dill bit the dust the day I brought it home. The cilantro sprouts have remained sprouts for over a month, never able to quite make their way into adulthood (who doesn’t identify with that struggle?). The parsley and thyme are trying so very hard, but despite frequent misting, they are getting a bit crunchy. The basil and oregano might make it, if I stick to their preferred misting schedule (every few hours).

All this makes me hate on Vegas so much more than I really should. I am being absolutely petulant about this. But I cannot imagine another year without some kind of homegrown freshness.

Perhaps some photography will help? If I take the right pictures, of the right things, and look at them a few times a day, maybe I can trick my brain a little. After all, it’s not like there isn’t gorgeous produce available to me – it’s only that I didn’t get to grow it.

We had radishes and beets this week (the beets were for beet chips, which were an absolute disaster). Before I sauteed the beet greens (soooo good with a bit of lemon and garlic), I took a few photos. And the radishes were just begging to be shot, with their brilliant pink outsides and translucent centers:

The depth of field on this shot is a little wonky, but I think that’s precisely why I like it so much. It zooms right in on that beautiful red of the stem, and the textures are so great.

I just love these. They make me long for a true macro lens!

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6 Responses to “The Gardenless Summer”

  1. Sean Breslin May 31, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Great photos!

    • Megan June 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      thanks so much!

  2. Anne May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    At least you have an EXCUSE for a failed garden if that indeed does end up being the case. I think blaming Vegas is perfectly legit!

    • Megan June 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      i suppose that is true! dave tried to gently tell me that perhaps i should just look for things that grow well here – to which i say “pfffft!” fresh herbs or bust!

  3. Stacy @ Stacyverb June 2, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    More gorgeous photos! Gardening is like a super-power to me. I’ve tried so many times, and my results are always similar to what you describe. Our soil is like solid clay, but I can’t use that as an excuse. Plenty of people around here have lovely gardens. I think I just suck at it. :/

    • Megan June 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      that atlanta clay is nearly impossible! when i lived back east we did LOTS of soil amending. i think one year i just dumped bag after bag of soil on top of the clay, and planted in that.

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