This year’s garden doesn’t have the jump start that last year’s did, but it’s slowly getting there so I thought I would share a few photos of the new layout and what I’ll be growing this year. Despite the slow pace, I’m still enjoying it every bit as much as I did last year and it’s a constant reminder that patience and determination produces great things.
We started with moving the bench, archway, one of the pallets, and changed the layout a bit to provide more growing space. The next choice was for the walkway. Last year we used large wood slices which made for a fun and creative way to get around the garden, but with sun and rain they would warp and curl up a bit. Pallets are something we have an abundance use of pallets to create a little boardwalk through the garden. My dad, Tracy, is the wizard behind that work and has made my tiny kid-like sketch of a garden and turned it into a reality. He also created a potting station out of pallets next to our rain barrels which makes the perfect spot for storing tools and watering cans, as well as a place to set our harvested produce.
Just a 2 weeks difference.
To see last year’s garden you can check out this post.
This year’s growing list:
Black Krim tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green and purple variety tomatillos, jalapenos, habaneros, serranos, purple bell peppers, cucumbers, kaleidoscope carrots, candy cane beets, sugar pumpkins, ghost pumpkins, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, turnips, Red Russian kale, Tuscan kale, butter leaf lettuce, and a handful of herbs. Phew! It’s a lot, but it will force me to eat a lot better this summer and can a lot for the winter.
I just plucked my first cucumber of the summer and fried up some pumpkin blossoms (find the recipe on Instagram!) so it’s already starting to payoff. There’s also baby pumpkins, tomatoes, and tomatillos growing currently. As long as the critters and pests will stop eating my hard work I’ll be able to provide you guys a lot of new recipes this season!
There is still a ton of things to do like battling all the weeds, finish mulching, completing the walkway, building an archway over the bench, painting new labels for the herb pallets, and adding some more creepy decor to the “pumpkin patch” area of the garden just to name a few! I can’t wait to share more updates when everything else is completed and for more sneak peeks you can follow along on Instagram!