Today we’re visiting with Eva in southern New Hampshire. (See more on her Instagram.)
I’m a 28-year-old mother of two. I’ve been gardening for the last four years. I started off with a small 4-foot-square garden bed and slowly expanded. Now I’m not only gardening in my backyard, but I’ve teamed up with my mom to grow flowers and vegetables at a community garden in Hudson, New Hampshire.
My primary motivation for gardening is to feed my family local, organic food throughout the year. This is challenging, given that we live in Zone 5B, but we have started learning how to preserve food for the winter months.
My favorite crops to grow are greens (collards, kale, amaranth, Swiss chard, mustard greens), tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. A recent favorite is zinnias. I was reluctant to grow flowers because it was such unfamiliar territory, but I’ve come to love them. Plus, they attract bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators!
A lot of what I’ve learned about gardening has been from my mom. She’s an avid gardener who isn’t afraid to take chances and try new things. She has an abundant amount of wisdom. Gardening has given us the opportunity to bond in ways we never could have imagined, and I’m so glad to have family I can share this experience with.
I’ve also gained so much knowledge from the online gardening community, especially Instagram. I’ve met so many kind, knowledgeable, wise, and talented individuals who have so much to share and give the best advice.
Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out to my husband. He has motivated me, assisted me on countless projects, put up with my antics, and supported me every step of the way.
My goals for the future include learning more sustainable ways of growing food. I would also love to someday work on a farm and down the line to own a farm.
I love inspiring others to grow their own food and to experience the joy of gardening.
These ‘Black Beauty’ tomatoes are almost too pretty to eat.
Eva’s mom with the first big tomato harvest of the season.
A big harvest of the beautiful tomato ‘Costoluto Fiorentino’.
A zinnia in bloom, with a visiting moth.
A handful of jalapeños
A sunflower in bloom, feeding bees and other pollinators.
This unusual tomato, ‘Brad’s Atomic Grape’, is not only beautiful; Eva also says it is by far the best-tasting tomato she’s ever tried.
Harvest from the garden (plus a few gifts from neighbors at the community garden) with beautiful and delicious amaranth greens in the middle.
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