I am waiting for the raised beds to clear themselves. They haven’t yet. The dangling remainder of romas taunt me. The sad basil remnants hang their heads in shame. I have no idea what the brussel sprouts are doing back there because they just started looking creepy, so I avoided them – true story. I bet it will look pretty covered in snow. My gardening grandparents are shaking their heads at me from on high. I’ll do better next year. We’ve been busy dancing in the kitchen.
Last year was the first year with vegetables (clearly). Did I really think we would be able to tally each and EVERY piece of produce picked? Yes, apparently I did…and no, we apparently didn’t. We (I) were (was) too busy devouring the amazing pesto I made as often as the basil would allow.
So, this year I am trying to be more reasonable in a number of ways (I know!). It sort of goes against my grain to follow directions, but I shall give it a try and see what happens. I am approaching my flowers and vegetable planting in a reasonable way and properly spaced (I get so impatient for the “filling in” to occur). I even read an article in my Organic Gardening magazine about how chicken shit is totally the shit…so the beds were fertilized and properly prepared for my plants. I didn’t start any seeds indoors this year. I might throw a few in the ground (YES properly spaced) here and there. I realized when I got the sprinkler system going that I have an irrigated area being totally wasted on silly grass! I’ve got big plans for that little bit of ground. I will post pictures when it looks like much of anything;) Here is what I have so far:
Here is the first raised bed with peppers, carrots, cucumbers, sage, and butternut squash. I still need to build a frame for all the vines to grow up and over. Last year they spilled out on the grass and that didn’t work very well!
In the second raised bed, I have tomatoes, basil (AHHH!), mint, stevia, and zuchinni. I do believe after I read about companion planting I will be tucking basil in where ever it might play nice:)
We shall see about this one. Last year I put in a raspberry bush beside the garage. I was warned by my parents that I would regret this…that they are invasive…hmmm.
Vegetables, vegetables everywhere!!!
BB was so very excited!! When he saw it was time to harvest a few things. He ran in the house to find a basket. He is watching the butternut sqash so closely for the day when they look just right! What a blast this is!
So far we have harvested:
Banana peppers – 3
Tomatoes – 6
Cucumbers – 4
Green Beans – 78
Strawberries – 12(all right into my mouth!!)