It is time for me to stop visiting plant stores and stop buying starts! My backyard garden is finally looking delicious enough to eat from, yet a magnetic pull continues to lure me into plant stores. I have more vegetable starts than I have room from. All this and I am moving in a week! Bah!

On my recent trip to Portland, I drooled over lush cold-weather greens like kale, collards, spinach and chard. I ended up bringing home a few which have been growing well despite the cold, rainy weather. It is always a battle here with the slugs, who also enjoy these delicious greens, but I have succeed so far.

I also ended up buying a second round of annual herbs – cilantro, basil and Italian parsley. I now have a wine barrel fully planted with herbs and a window sill box to boot. What am I planning to do with all this? I’ve been trying to cook a lot of scrambles and fritattas to keep up on the egg supply, so the assortment of fresh herbs have been well used.

This summer I will be living in NYC with Jay, so some lucky local friend will inherit these delicious treasures. I am seriously contemplating exactly which containers I could fit in the back of the car though on my drive east… Only a true plant nerd would be willing to baby sit vegetables in the backseat for 3,000+ miles.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson