A Frederick Food Garden

Growing (and eating) fruit and veggies in a little downtown garden

Getting Started


You have to be an optimist to plant a garden, right? Maybe. But you do have to be an optimist to keep on gardening. Murphy's law thrives in the garden, and so do cucumber beetles, slugs, groundhogs and late blight. Maybe you just need to be a realist and keep a copy of the "Serenity Prayer" handy at all times.

This is my third year of vegetable gardening at our house in downtown Frederick. We have a small city lot—long and narrow. I've had some success with the garden, but this year I'm getting serious. This year is gonna be different. I've got a plan that I'm going to stick to (not fall apart by mid-season and let the garden get away from me.)

Plus, this year I'm going to blog about the experience. Why, you may ask? Three reasons:

1. It'll keep me honest. There's nothing like an audience to keep you weeding through the humid, mosquito-infested days of August.

2. It'll give me a new place to talk about my garden. My friends at work have begun hiding from me whenever I mention seedlings or last frost dates.

3. It'll be fun. I've watched my husband have a lot of fun with his blog, and I want to join in. Fair warning, I'm not as witty as he is, but we think alike and I'm not above stealing borrowing building on his ideas.

So come along for the ride and we'll get growing, and hopefully harvesting and eating.

Author: cathybruce

I'm a graphic designer, cook, gardener, geek, wife, and mom. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. I look forward to the latest news, witty or not. We can compare notes from my slightly larger Hanover garden! I am already imagining huge, green, full plants (and blocking out past memories of weeds and pests). There is nothing like corn or tomatoes fresh from the garden! Dad always said not to pick it until you were ready to bring it in and eat it right away. I thought he was exaggerating, but he was so right! I can hardly wait!

  2. Hi Cathy! Welcome to blogging. I started mine about 6 or 7 years ago. Got away from it for a while but am getting back to it now. You’re going to really enjoy it. Miss you guys! Kev’s old roomie, L.

  3. Fantastic! I was just thinking about how beautiful your lettuces looked last year. You certainly are a wonderful woman of many talents. I am so happy to be related so I can brag… I too can feel the itch to get started.

  4. Cathy, I love your blog. And the pictures — so clever! Your lighted shelves upstairs look every bit as good as the $300 set — seriously. I’m surprised you put it upstairs and not in the basement. Years ago, Tom’s cousin Lynn in Atlanta rigged up several tables full of seedlings under fluorescent lights in their big unheated daylight basement. We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend, as well as your fledgling garden. Kathy said it’s supposed to be a rain/snow mix in D.C. this weekend and be in the 20s at night. Watch out for your garden! Aaargh.

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