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Many vegetable gardeners are also keen cooks. Not me. After many years of cooking and baking for a family, I would claim to have achieved a reasonable level of competence, but beyond that, what goes on in kitchens doesn’t interest me much. That’s probably why my vegetable garden is of modest proportions. Still, there is something special about stepping outside and collecting the makings for dinner from your own vegetable plot.

This spring, I planted 4 sweet pepper plants that I purchased at a local greenhouse. I plunked them in the ground and they rewarded an almost complete lack of attention with a bumper crop of peppers! They’re a colourful lot, and I’ve enjoyed admiring them over the summer as they developed. As they began to mature, they were all deep, eggplant purple. Of course, this always put me in mind of Peter Piper picked a peck of purple peppers…. They have gradually changed to bright red and orange and yellow.

We’ve been eating peppers fresh from the garden for a few weeks now, but with mention of frost warnings to the north of here, I felt it was time to harvest the remaining crop. I prepared them for the freezer and now they are safely stowed away, ready to brighten a winter meal.

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Well, it’s been two weeks since I planted my tomato seeds and most of them are coming along nicely. They have just started putting out their first amazing petite tomato leaves. So cool!

I plan to expand my vegetable garden a little bit this year. I’ve got snap pea seeds to try, and another few green delicacies. How about you? Are you planting a few vegetables this year? Or maybe a lot?

Roger Doiron is looking for revolutionaries to join his Subversive Plot. His Plot looks like this:

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Roger Doiron is the founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, linked here. In his funny, entertaining TED talk, Roger outlines some of the challenges our world food supply faces in coming decades. In the next 50 years, more food will have to be produced to keep up with the growing population than was produced in the previous 10,000 years!

Local food can be part of the solution. Roger’s talking really local. Like your own backyard. Oh, you don’t have to have a lot of space to grow a few vegetables. There are lots of creative ways to garden.

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Small gardens really can make a difference. At the peak of the Victory Garden movement, small gardens were providing 40% of all produce. Of course, not everyone has the time or interest or space for a garden and incredibly, there are places where growing vegetables in your front yard is illegal!

But things are changing. In Maine, the town of Sedgwick unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” It’s a bucking of state and federal laws. The town government added: “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”

Roger offers many interesting points worth pondering. Here’s Roger Doiron:

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