Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Garden all our own!

About two summers before Adam was born, Scott and I - with the help of my brother Hyrum, built a raised bed against our fence for a little garden. The area gets a TON of sun, and it's worked quite well for us to grow a few vegetables every summer.
Adam is at a fun age right now where he is so excited to help! He likes to go out every day and see what's growing, and he even remembers what we planted where. He's really been enjoying watching the carrots sprout up! He's been helping me weed, and water and keeps us all updated on what's going on in the garden!
It doesn't look like much, but we've really managed to get quite a lot of veges out of this little space. This year we planted: cucumbers, zuchini, yellow squash, pole beans, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, rosemary, chives, oregano, garlic, red onions, shallots, tomatoes (both cherry, and roma), carrots, radishes and potatoes.
There is also a little strawberry patch. It gets bigger every year, and we are just waiting for all the blossoms to become little red strawberries. I LOVE fresh strawberries!!
The potatoes were a new thing for us this year. We go to a great nursery near our house called Sky Nursery. They are so helpful with everything, and they suggested we try the potatoes in pots. So, these are our two pots of potatoes. I planted them about 4 weeks apart, and they are just going nuts - at least above the ground. Hopefully some little potatoes are also growing below the ground!!
We also have several blueberry bushes that we planted along the fence and at the back of the house the first year we did our garden. We've increasingly gotten more and more blueberries each year. So, we decided to add to the berry bushes and try raspberries. Again, the nice people at Sky Nursery took Scott through all the motions of how to care for them. This is our little raspberry patch. I was excited to see that there are even a few blossoms on them. I didn't think we would get any fruit off of them this year, but we may get a little.
I'll try to post periodic updates on the successes or failures of the garden this year. We've already got blossoms on the tomatoes and peas, and have had some yummy grilled broccoli from the garden already! Can't wait to start picking and eating!!

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