When D and I were house-hunting last fall, we had a few things we were looking for in a new house: 1) the kitchen had to be at least a certain size (if not bigger, and with plenty of storage), preferably with an open gaze into the living room, and our yard had to be big enough (and let in enough light) to grow a garden. Luckily, we found the house we're currently living in, which had both of those things (and so much more).
|our side bed, where the herb garden, strawberries and blueberries live|
I can't believe how lucky we were to get a house that already had built-in garden plots. They are time-consuming and expensive to build, so to buy a house with them (and a sprinkler system) already set up was a true blessing.
|our raised garden plots, built into the hill on the side of our yard|
As you can see from the picture above, in the fall, the many trees in our yard shed their leaves (and how!), and over the winter, we had no choice but to put some of the leaves on top of the beds (we ran out of room in our compost bin and weekly compost recycling). Doing that kept the weeds at bay, but it also made for a "fun" time this spring when we had to clean out all the wet, moldy, decomposing leaves so we could plant our garden.
When we first planted, our garden was bare and humble...
|onions and potatoes and cauliflower are in this plot|
|beets, brussels sprouts and more cauliflower in this plot|
|kale, beets, peas and broccoli are here|
|we found so many different kinds of lettuce!|
|we finally added to our last two beds: this one has peppers and squash|
|look at how the potatoes, cauliflower and onions have grown!|
|we can't wait for our tomatoes to ripen - only 72 days until harvest!|
|our lettuce is really taking shape - we can have multiple salads per day for both of us and still have plenty left over|
|the broccoli plants have tiny little broccoli growing! and the kale and peas are delicious|
|more broccoli, beets and brussels sprouts|
Having our own garden is such an enjoyable and rewarding experience; we couldn't imagine a house without a garden.
What's in your garden?