We spent an entire Friday night date night at a home and garden store going around and around about if we should garden, where we would garden and what we would plant. Finally we decided on a 12x12 garden on our side yard. My husband is an engineer who was raised on a farm. This means he had huge ideas about custom fencing panels-no standard fence would do in the war against the rabbits. Since our house is on a corner he also wanted to landscape around the garden. This was not just going to be a pile of dirt with a few veggies!
I decided to plant a little of everything this year. Next year I may do more plants of fewer vegetables so I have enough to preserve. This year I wanted to learn about different plants before I put all my stock into a few. We have planted 10 strawberry plants, a tomato plant, a bell pepper plant, 6 broccoli plants, (that I am pretty sure I planted too close together!) lettuce, snap peas and green beans.
Then I had officially caught the "garden bug." I needed more and had to plant something in those barren 8'X2' beds again. There is pie pumpkin and zucchini in them now. I can see which ones are getting more sun and have taken a saw so some of the tree roots. We will see what becomes of them.
I still wanted more! I planted herbs amongst the plants in our landscaping-chives, oregano, mint and lemon balm. (I have no idea what I am supposed to with them, but I am eager to learn. Any books or website suggestions are welcome.)
I have been harvesting lettuce the past week. I swear it tastes better, and I don't care if it is only in my head! I am in the middle of reading Animal Vegetable Miracle so I feel like I am doing my part with my little plot of dirt. It is beautiful don't you think? (Forgive all the pictures. I am a little like a proud first time mother when it comes to my garden this year!)
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