Green Garden Dreams

The Joy of San Diego Vegetable Gardening


This blog was created by Eric Platt as a way of sharing his passion and knowledge about vegetable gardening, urban farming, and plants in general. You can reach him via email at:

“I’ve been growing vegetables since I was 10 years old, when I threw a handful of Kentucky Wonder Pole beans in the ground, and marveled at the profusion of new green life emerging from the brown cracked earth.

A few years later, my father and brother helped me build a raised vegetable garden, and then a small greenhouse:

Greenhouse 1974
Greenhouse 1974

I grew Spaghetti Squash in the greenhouse, and Venus Flytraps. And I remember, from the main bed,  stewing up some rhubarb and strawberries I’d grown. Not to mention a huge amount of tomatoes from vines that sprawled all over the place. I read Organic Gardening Magazine in the early 70’s, long before it became mainstream or popular.

In gardening one can find peace, fun, camaraderie, and last but not least, food!

I dream of a world that beautiful, green, and thriving. Where communities full of love, optimism and courage thrive, grow and change, connected in part by their gardens and what they produce. A garden can promote peace, joy, and kindness, by bringing out those qualities that exist naturally within us. Friendship, love and courage are only a tomato away.”

  • Charles Anacker

    August 17, 2014 at 9:11 am | Reply

    It was great to meet you yesterday. Keep up the good work of gardening and sharing your experience and passion with others.

    • Eric Platt

      August 17, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply

      Thanks Charles! Was great meeting you too.
      Hoping I can create the time to volunteer at Olivewood at some point.

      You also piqued my curiosity about Red Wigglers and Earthworms, and what they eat. Didn’t realize how little I knew.

      I’ll post some photos of the class and grounds after I’ve processed them.


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