We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Up in Yankeeland you have to start more things indoors because of the short growing season. Just those 2 weeks of germination make food-gardening (aka hobby-gardening) more difficult.
I only bother indoor starting with things I can't buy already grown at Home Depot. This year: Mouse Melons, Ground Cherries, Cucozzi, Heritage Cukes. Other seeds, like pumpkin, beans, root things, I just put in the dirt in May and hope for the best.
"The best" never happens.
Yeah, we love those Mouse Melons in salads. Spicy and crunchy, and they grow like weeds on a fence or trellis.
Shameless plug for my friend's business: you can buy starter plants (all organic) at tastefulgarden.com. Tons of tomatoes, peppers, vegetables and really great herbs. Awesome for places with short growing seasons. (And for those of us with black thumbs...)
We've always had a mulch pile, from which dirt was put into the garden patch each year. One year, a strange plant popped up in the garden. Out of curiosity, we left it alone. In time, this plant crawled its way across the grass to the clothesline pole and proceeded to climb up. That year, we had small pumpkins and made pie from scratch for Thanksgiving.
I love to use fresh vegetables to make soup. But I always end-up with a gallon of soup. It's too much to eat. I think that somebody should make a giant ice-cube tray. Each cube would be big enough to hold one bowl of soup. So you could put the soup-cube tray in the freezer, and then anybody could grab a frozen cube of soup, and heat it up in the microwave.