In 1998, as every year, I will have a small garden in which I will grow some of my favorite vegetables. And for the second consecutive year, I will plant two plots. They are compact areas, but I manage to put alot in them. My garden usually yields enough to make the effort worthwhile; my challenge is to stick with it even later in the season and reap the full benefit of my earlier work.
My interest in gardening comes from my late grandfather, who always had a large garden which not only fed the family but also supplied friends with bags of fresh veggies every time they visited. We kids were not allowed in the garden except with Grampa, but some years he would plant a separate smaller plot with cherry tomatoes which we could pick at any time. Though I didn't appreciate the abundance of fresh veggies at the time, I discovered as an adult that I had developed a taste for better produce than I could buy in the supermarket. So I decided to grow my own.
Typically, I grow two or 3 varieties of tomatoes (including, of course, cherry tomatoes), two varieties of sweet peppers and one kind of hot pepper, eggplant, carrots, New Zealand spinach, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, romaine and leaf lettuce, and a few herbs. I haven't tried early spring, late fall, or winter veggies.
While my garden isn't authentically organic, I do try to avoid chemicals as much as possible. I fertilize monthly with Miracle-Gro and use an organic pesticide only when pests seem to be getting out of hand. I haven't yet figured out a way to keep out the occasional deer which steps over the fence and tramples things.