Friday, May 30, 2014

My 2014 Garden

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. 

Our garden started out small and modest, but we're now able to get multiple servings of lettuce per day and still have plenty leftover, and I had the most delicious dinner of fresh kale and peas last night. I can't wait for even more bounty as the summer begins.

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!
After a few months, our garden has really started producing amazing vegetables...

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?

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