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How does your Garden Grow?

As you may recall from this previous post, I’ve had some issues with our vegetable garden and was trying out a new spot. The larger raised beds are under a tree and get dappled sunlight most of the day. So our vegetables weren’t thriving as well as I would have liked. So this year we cleared out an area on the super sunny side yard to plant. This side of our house gets sun all day, which is the reason the previous owners put in a Sunroom! It must have been a weight loss method because when it is 90 degrees outside and 100 degrees inside we are all dripping sweat! I digress. Anywho, after putting in new soil, fertilizer and planting, we have a thriving garden, almost too thriving. Lesson learned, when it says plant 18 inches apart they’re pretty serious. We have lettuce, chard, basil, tomatoes and eggplant growing quite nicely. Next plantings though will be more spread out and less lettuce, how many salads can one family eat?!  ...

Planting a Vegetable Garden

The last few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of gardening. I am an amateur gardener at best. I try lots of stuff and see what works. A few years ago we took out our kids play structure and replaced it with garden boxes, a bench and a fire pit. We were totally excited to start planting. What we didn’t realize is the big beautiful tree that shaded our kids area also made growing veggies more difficult. Live and learn! What I have found is that some veggies like the half shaded area. We grow cauliflower, strawberries, broccoli, leeks and a few other veggies here. Tomatoes didn’t do so well so we plan to set up another box on our super sunny side yard. I’ve also recently started tucking veggies into pots with flowers. On my front porch I am growing jalapenos and rosemary. I have a separate flower box that I’ve planted mint. Make sure to plant mint separately otherwise it takes over the whole garden. I have seedlings for basil, cilantro and chives that I plan on adding amongst flowers. I hope this year I finally figure it out and have a very bountiful season! If you have any gardening tips I’d love to hear...

Spring is in the air!

It is starting to warm up around here. We are supposed to hit the 70’s this week. I always find it hard to transition from winter to spring. It is still cold in the morning and evening but warmer in the afternoon. My main issue is what to wear on my feet so they are not freezing, I think we’ve already established that I am a wimp. I guess I need to bring slippers into work so I look good when I need to, but my feet stay toasty! I am planning on working on my vegetable garden this week. I was thinking of what to plant this year and so far I’ve decided on swiss chard, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, parsley, maybe some melons and maybe squash. I have two fairly large boxes and I am going to add an additional box to the side yard that gets more sunlight. The large boxes in the picture below get a lot of shade from a tree in the yard so I have to be careful what I plant there. Broccoli, Cauliflower and Swiss Chard do well there. I also usually end up at the nursery and decide from there based on what they have in stock. I’ll keep you posted on our progress. I’m looking forward to a bountiful harvest this...

planting a veggie garden

I love eating fresh fruits and veggies especially in the summer. Last year we decided to build our own vegetable garden. We built two 4′ x 8′ boxes. Each season we switch out what we grow and try new things. Not everything is a success and it is definitely trial by error, we are far from experts! Our most successful crops so far have been broccoli and cauliflower. We had tomatoes which only did okay. We also planted leeks, peppers, herbs and cucumbers. This year our selection includes tomatoes, cilantro, basil, lemon cucumbers, melons, squash, eggplant, lettuce and a few other herbs. Sometimes we want to kill our dogs or the squirrels that dig in the planters but overall it has been a really fun experience. Our kids love seeing what new veggie is growing and eating it fresh off the vine. This year I hope we have a bumper crop that lasts all through the summer. We often rely on Sunset Magazine to help with ideas, it is a great resource. What are you planting this year? Any favorites that we must try or special tips on getting the most from your...