Summer Intentions: Growing Food


We have a tiny little porch on the south side of our tiny little second story apartment that, despite its warped floor and cramped space, glories in direct sunlight all day. Rather than spend all summer annoyed at its small space, continually trying to stuff our bodies onto it during cooling summer nights only to grow angry at the lack of leg space, we decided to fill it with plants.

A few pots and several bags of soil in hand, we dug in and transplanted, watered and rearranged. Now, we’re simply waiting.

I look at these plants every morning when I get up and every afternoon when I get home from work. I’ve heard that talking to them helps, so yes, perhaps I’ve become the disheveled woman in night clothes whispering to vines, leaves, dirt.

Here’s what we’re growing:

  • Cucumbers

  • Tomatoes

  • Herbs: basil, cilantro, mint, and parsley

  • Peppers: Thai chili, bell pepper, and jalapeno

I know “they” say that a watched pot never boils, but these plants seem to change almost hourly. As they continue to grow (or die), I’ll share updates and harvest notes.

In the meantime, a few of our other summer intentions include starting our kombucha brew back up, booking a few camping trips, giving sourdough starter another go, clearing some clutter, and hitting a few trails around the state.

What’s on your summer list? Do you have any intentions for the warm weather and long nights?

In your corner,
Angelina Danae