This topic might me a little off the beaten path, but give it some time … it might grow on you.

One of my favorite things to do during those few moments when camp isn’t buzzing with campers is to garden. My house is fortunate enough to have about 100 square feet of gardening space, enclosed by a 3 1/2 foot fence I put up last Spring. I affectionately call this small plot of land “The Farm.”

Last year I had some limited success with a number of vegetables on The Farm and have explanded this year’s crop to include, pole beans, cucumbers, tomotoes, carrots, cabbage, radish, lettuce, a variety of peppers and herbs, and even a couple melons – my first attempt at fruit in the Jersey Pines. I’ve also got a few scattered potted plants, and a couple hostas.

Here’s a one little tip that I’ve picked up this year that could help any gardener. When you boil or steam your vegetables, don’t throw that leftover water down the drain. Use it to water your potted plants, window boxes, or virtually anything else around the garden. The plants will soak up the “veggie soup” and you’ll have some pretty amazing results.

That’s all for now, I’ll get back to talking about camp next week.