Planting a Vegetable Garden

It’s time to plant again!

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Today is earth day, a great day to plant vegetable seeds. The weather has dipped into the thirties at night so I’m only planting cold crop; lettuces, spinach, arugula, etc. I have garlic that I planted in the fall and covered with a warm blanket of hay peeking out of the soil. It’s very exciting to me, especially after a snowy winter. Happy spring, happy planting!

Planting a Vegetable Garden

My How the Garden Grows!

                                   

Come on in a sit a spell, talk to me while I pull weeds. Feel the sunshine on your face as I wipe the sweat from my brow.

My garden is growing in leaps and bounds! I’ve gotten a few goodies from it so far though my harvest will be late due to late planting after preparing the garden spot.

This year is certainly my learning year and next year’s crop will prove my experience. I’ve learned where not to put vine plants and where to put short plants too. Next year’s crop will be better!

In today’s garden I have tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, summer squashes, winter squashes, tiny cauliflower and tiny broccoli, green and hot peppers, cute, colorful eggplant, still a good bit of kale each week, and plenty of garden herbs.

I am enjoying picking my home grown greens and when I do, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!

Come on in and browse around…tell me what you think!

      

Planting a Vegetable Garden

The Garden is Growing!

The seeds and plants are in the ground and I’ve actually harvested lettuce and baby spinach so far. I suppose for those who grow a vegetable garden regularly that’s not such a big deal but for me, well, I was jumping with joy!

With the warm and sometimes hot and sticky weather upon us it was necessary to pull the weedy looking roots of the lettuces and spinach and decide what to plant next. In this decision I chose to give my 5-year-old neighbor several squares in my square foot gardening beds. He was quite happy since he had tomato plants he had grown from seed indoors that were ready for transplanting. He helped dig out old lettuce roots, turned the dirt and planted his tomatoes. He also chose a few different seeds that I had and is looking forward to watching them develop into green beans, cucumbers and corn!

I have planted squashes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, green beans and peas and herbs. I have roughly 12 square feet to plant something else too since pulling the baby spinach roots.

This year is definitely a trial and error year for my gardening skills but it’s a fun adventure to be involved in! I’ll keep you posted on my achievements and failures with my endeavor. I invite you to share your gardening experiences too!

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Planting a Vegetable Garden

Lunch in the Garden on a Rainy Wednesday

heading into the gardenIt’s early June, mid-week and it’s raining. I’m working at a nice pace then my belly rumbles much like a mild Spring thunderstorm. I check the time, it’s 1:30, I worked through lunch. I forage a little and find bulgur wheat in the refrigerator that had been soaked a day or two ago. I decide to use that as my base meal and head to the garden for fresh herbs and a little bit of baby spinach; basically the tail end of what I planted early on. It survived a little longer due to a cool Spring. I picked basil, parsley, dill, lemon thyme and a tiny sprig of rosemary and of course spinach.

At this point I’m pretty wet and have a hefty handful of fresh greens so I head back indoors to put together my garden masterpiece of the day. I cleaned and chopped up the greens and added them to the bulgur wheat along with my own sprouted lentils, chickpeas and Himalayan pink salt (my favorite since it contains 84 essential minerals), a few grinds of black pepper from the pepper mill, olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

I sat quietly savoring each bite only stopping when every morsel was gone.

My lunch from the garden was perfect and next time perhaps the weather will be dry enough for me to enjoy lunch while watching my garden grow!