It’s been a few weeks since my last gardening update and quite honestly – it’s been awhile since I’ve done much gardening! But with the weather starting to perk up, I’ve been heading out more and thought I’d share some of what’s going on – or growing on.
One of my goals in the last few years has been to make this more than just a space to grow vegetables. I want it to be a space that I want to come with a cup of coffee or a good book. To just sit and be. Each year, I feel like I’m getting closer to achieving this.
I have raspberries, people! The bees have been coming around and buzzing and I love it!
I purchased a new clematis plant and it’s currently tucked in the back of the garden. I am a believer in incorporating flowers into your garden. Not only are they awesome for attracting pollinators, they just make your space look and smell great!
These are my carrots! I have two rows of them and they seem to be doing pretty well. I had also planted a couple rows of beets but sadly, they didn’t make it! A few sprouted but now they are gone. I’m thinking some sort of pest must have gotten to them. Slugs perhaps?
So a couple years ago I planted arugula in this raised bed and silly me, I never harvested it all and it went to seed. Ever since, it’s popped up on its own. While this might seem like a happy occurrence, I would disagree. I don’t need all this arugula and the roots are a PAIN to deal with – they go so deep! What’s worse, it’s been really tricky to grow anything else in this bed. Even when I clear it out and plant new seeds, the new plants are often crowded out. Bummer.
So you might have noticed our little garden shed! My husband built this a couple years ago and it’s been awesome for storing our garden tools. However, it was just a plain beige and I woke up yesterday with a mind to paint it. We went with a barn red. What do you think? It is not done yet, but when it is, we’ll add a white trim. I think the color makes it feel like a planned element of the garden and not just an afterthought. I’m happy! My housecleaner suggested I add a flower box under the window. What do you think?
I’m growing something new this year: shallots! I’ve done onions before with success (both from sets and seeds), but was interested in trying the smaller shallots this year. I’ll let you know how it goes.
This is another flower new to the garden this year – a honeysuckle. These are great for attracting both bees and hummingbirds. I love having hummingbirds come through the garden!
Here’s a view of the garden from the back. It’s not perfect – you can see there are some items to pick up and some painting of the arbor to be done, but it’s mine and it makes me happy. Over the weekend, I planted miniature watermelon, miniature pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, peas and zucchini. We’ll see what happens. I’ve learned that not everything always goes perfectly to plan, but isn’t that life? I hope if you’re new to gardening you’ll be OK if you have some mishaps. It’s all part of the learning process.
Here’s my back slope area (you might want to read about how I put this together a few years back for really cheap)! The slope mostly grows perennial herbs such as lemon balm, comfrey, lavender, and feverfew. There’s also a goji bush and an angelica that popped up this year.
Here’s another addition: some gnomes on a fire hydrant! I have always adored gnomes, but my husband thinks they are pretty tacky. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we were out and about shopping and he told me I could buy a new one for the garden. I think they must be growing on him, too!
Last summer, I was so busy training for a marathon (which sadly never happened due to my bout of Lyme Disease) that my garden was sadly neglected. I’m hoping to spend some more time at it this year. We’re also once again discussing plans about adding some fruit trees (though I suspect we’re a year or better off from that).
Now it’s your turn: I’d love to hear about your garden plans this year! What’s growing in your garden? Have you been able to eat anything from your garden yet this year?