My introduction to gardening started in the rich soil of the upper midwest. Every moment of the far-too-short summers was to be treasured in North Dakota. Each spring my Dad turned our muddy, snow-soaked yard into a beautiful display of roses, annuals, and the crowning jewel – his vegetable garden. I have many fond memories of helping him sow seeds, pull weeds and eventually pick the harvest of beans, corn, squash, and the best tomatoes you can imagine.

While I’ve traded in North Dakota for North Carolina, I am intent on my daughter having some of those same memories, and learning exactly where her food comes from. Of course, there’s also the fact that fresh-from-the-garden veggies are just so darn good!

I decided to start this blog to chronicle our journey as we begin our first legitimate vegetable garden. I’ll mix in some flowers too as I’ve also started a cutting garden with daffodils, lilies and peonies, with more to be added. My husband and I are by no means experts and far from technical. We work in public relations by day and write for a living, so if you’re looking for buzz words like “nitrogen, pH balance, or soil composition”, this is the wrong blog. It will however be a place to document what works, what doesn’t, and, hopefully, our eventual success.

Thank you for being part of our journey. Comments and helpful hints always welcome!

The Mills Family



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