From the Desk of Remy Bibaud - May 2022
I had originally intended to complete this Founder’s Message in April when I was planning my first vegetable garden. Due to my busy schedule, I did not get to write about it then, but I did manage to start sowing some of the seeds indoors.
I have never gardened before, so this endeavor is a challenge to say the least. I do not know what inspired me to try… maybe it is a need to re-connect with the earth, to place my hands in dirt rather than on a keyboard or dial pad… or to experience the benefit of watching something grow from a simple seed as I tend to it. Looking back, I think it is both.
This project is a bit like the Pet Perennials story. Inspired by our own experiences with pet loss Lori and I had an idea and it blossomed into a business model unlike anything in the pet industry. We have been tending to the broken hearts of pet lovers ever since.
I did internet research on basic vegetable gardens to determine the size of the garden I would plant and which vegetables I would grow. Let me just say there is a ton of free information out there and it can be overwhelming. Since it is my first garden, I figured I better learn to crawl before I walk.
Eventually my outdoor garden will be a hundred square feet. The project began with a list of fruits and vegetables that we like to eat. I evaluated which of those what would grow in our region and identified which needed to be started indoors, rather than in the ground. I finalized my list and acquired my seeds.
Cucumbers, Radish, Beets, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cantaloupe, Sweet Peppers, Roma Tomatoes, Romaine Lettuce, and Spinach
Green Beans, Snap Peas, and Carrots
Starting the Seeds
April’s weather in Pittsburgh can be all over the map, certainly not conducive to outdoor gardening. Therefore, many of the seeds were started indoors under a grow light. I bought large trays of Jiffy pods to start the seeds. I was so surprised that within a few days I had my first sprout, a cucumber seedling. There is something magical about seeing your first seedling intended for your first garden.