I found this photo browsing flickr and it inspired me to post this.
It all started as we were once again spending our Friday night in Home Depot. We were walking buy the seed display and I was looking at the basil seeds. During our last grocery trip, I didn’t buy basil, though I wanted it because it was so sickly and gross looking. I asked Mark if we should try to grow some, and he got the garden “bug”. We haven’t had the greatest luck with growing vegetables in the past. Between the dog, stray cats, and squirrels, plants just don’t last too long out there. We both starting up a few things we thought we each wanted to try. Before you know it, the Miles Garden Challenge had begun. We figured if we made it a little competitive, it would keep us on our toes. In my corner, I have basil, cilantro, hot pepper mix, and tomatoes. My approach is going to be starting the seeds inside, since there is still snow on the ground. I may even use a power tool or two to construct a sort of greenhouse. I plan on doing this next to the window in the old upstairs kitchen. The pets don’t go in there much, we don’t use the room for much of anything else, and it is relatively warm. Mark has chosen bell peppers, carrots, oregano, and eggplant. He was most likely take a much more complicated, possibly hydroponics, he is sketching as I type route. So far there are only two rules, you can’t sabotage the other person’s plants, and you can’t spend a bunch of money. We haven’t defined how much money can be spent, but we are both pretty good at recycling and reusing things. Now all we need to decide is what the winner gets, and start planting.