I wanted to share a little bit about our garden we grow in our backyard. It's one of my very favorite parts of our home, and one that I can't wait to expand. It took a lot of work to get the large bed ready for planting again, it is about 250 square feet. It took me a quite a few hours to till it and weed it, and it left calluses on my hands. I love working so hard that I feel physically exhausted afterward, and feel it in my body the next day. We were able to use compost that we've been "making" for the past year. It's so cool to know that our food scraps that would have otherwise ended up in the garbage are now making our garden thrive!
When we bought our starters a while ago, we decided to tone it down and simplify it a little bit compared to last year's garden. I don't know what we were thinking last year planting 12 (12!) tomato plants for two people, and we decided that the corn was not worth the real estate it takes up. Instead, we opted for lots of greens and squash(es?) that take up a lot of space. This makes the garden pretty manageable with a baby.
We planted six tomato plants, strawberries, red lettuce, swiss chard, celery, mustard greens, collard green, romaine lettuce, butternut squash, zucchini, and yellow zucchini. I also planted marigolds and chives around the edges, since the aroma of them is said to keep out aphids. I have basil, cilantro, and parsley in pots in our kitchen so I always have fresh herbs on hand!
My mom came over while I was gathering the ripe vegetable a few days ago, and snapped these pictures. I like that they capture what most of my summer days are like- spending sometime weeding, watering, and/or harvesting!
Even Jacob has to pull his weight around here! I really love that these veggies can go right from the garden into his little belly. I can't wait till he is old enough to "help" me water and care for our plants.
This is only the second year I've had a proper garden, and I am still learning my way through both bountiful and failed crops. I need to plan what I will plant for the Fall and start working on that. We have plans to rip up much of our lawn and cover the majority of the backyard in edible plants. I love that even if you have a tiny patio, you can grow your own veggies- tomatoes LOVE to grow in buckets and herbs grow great on a kitchen windowsill. Do you have a garden? Any fruits or vegetables you like to grow in the Fall?