Finally, today, I was able to get out in the sunshine and snap some picks of our blooming garden to share with you. We planted this year’s vegetables and herbs just two weeks ago, thanks to some unexpected, late-season frost. I hated waiting so long, because growing my own food has quickly become one of my favourite things about the summer.
A quick recap for you – three years ago we planted our first garden in the backyard. One 4’x12′ simple, raised bed filled with delicious produce from our friends at L & D Ferragina in the Holland Marsh. It was meant to only be a trial to see how we did, but we very quickly got hooked and last year, we built two additional beds and raised the original to make it twice as deep. Following last year’s tremendous success – thanks in large part to the huge amount of rain we got and the rain barrel we installed to catch it all – we decided to once again add on this year. We raised the two other beds so that now all three gardens are 20″ deep. In total we have 136 square feet of growing space filled with beautiful, rich Marsh soil from Bradford Greenhouses. And we have literally filled all of it, jam packed, with what is sure to be enough veg to feed the entire neighbourhood. We have 10 varieties of tomatoes, 12 varieties of hot peppers, including jalapeños which I’m super stoked about, 6 varieties of lettuce, kale, cabbage, carrots, celery, garlic, cucumber, pickling cucumber, beets, golden beets, kohlrabi (new this year), peas, green beans (new this year), brussels sprouts, spinach, 2 varieties of eggplant, bunching onions, red onions, white sweet onions, yellow sweet onions, vidalia onions, red peppers, green pepper, and probably more that I’ve forgotten already. I shit you not, that’s all in there. On the berry front we added two haskap bushes to our arsenal along with last year’s blueberries, raspberries and black berries, which thank god that adorable bunny didn’t completely destroy in the winter. As well as two beautiful fig trees gifted to us by some friends! And let’s not forget the herbs: 3 types of beautiful, fragrant lavender, chives, garlic chives, thyme, rosemary, basil galore, camomile, oregano and a pig planter full of mint to keep the rodents away. Overwhelmed yet? Me too. But I’m also super excited to see what works and what doesn’t. Plus, look how beautiful it all is!
It’s so fun and completely rewarding to watch it all grow. And there’s nothing quite like the feeling of harvesting from your own crop, preparing it and serving it up to family and friends.
Happy gardening everyone!