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Grocery Shopping from the Back Porch

Posted about 4 years ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Grocery Shopping from the Back Porch

That’s my plan. At least, for vegetables. Last weekend a friend left          

some seeds on the porch that I planted in tiny seedling containers                 

on my kitchen counter. Following a brief ant invasion, my son-in-law 

put them on the back porch, and I decided I needed help with this 

gardening business. 

I haven’t planted anything since the tomatoes in my  

New Jersey backyard over 40 years ago, so I count 

myself as a novice. 

Since the Richmond Public Library is my go-to source of information for

things of which I am totally ignorant, I decided to see if they had any e-

books on the subject. To my pleasant surprise, hoopla yielded 52 results to

my vegetable gardening e-books search. 

Being in a big hurry–it is around dinner time, and my stomach is growling–

I was instantly attracted to some of the first titles that appeared on my

screen. I got a little uneasy when I discovered that the Southern volume of

the Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Guides series did not include Virginia.

Instead I needed Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by Katie

Elzer-Peters. But I felt better when I saw the Timber Press Regional

Vegetable Gardening Series covering 7 regions and 4 states by various

authors.  Mine was the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening In The

Southeast by Ira Wallace. The Speedy Vegetable Garden, a 2012 Timber

Press offering by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz, sounded even more

interesting. I borrowed Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for

Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant with high hopes of success,

only to discover a very long Table of Contents. “Who has time for

comprehensive planning?” I thought, stomach growling again.  Then I

looked at Container Vegetable Gardening: Growing Crops in Pots in

Every Space by Liz Dobbs with Anne Halpin. Not only were the photos very

nice, but the table of contents contained names of some of my favorite plant

foods–how enticing! I’ll start reading right after dinner. I can’t wait to find

out what to do next! To be continued . . . . 

Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Meldon Jenkins-Jones, Hull Street Library/Community Services Manager, had been the Law Librarian of the Richmond Public Law Library from 2013 thru July 2022. She is the first recipient of the Virginia Library Association's Librarian of Color Forum Award in 2021. She is a Graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2022. She received her Master of Science degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. Meldon spends her free time with family and writing inspirational stories and her memoirs.

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