since the beginning of April, we finally took the plunge and began building three more garden beds. this has been something we've been wanting to expand on for quite a while. last year Tim built two his & hers raised garden beds. they both sit up close to the house for quick & easy access. his holds onions, a variety of bell peppers and potatoes and hers holds herbs.
last year i tried my hand at growing roma and egg plant along w/ the herbs and to my surprise, they did very well. but we knew we were going to need more space for more of our favorite vegges/fruits.
the past three weekends, we have spent a lot of it in the backyard. one weekend was spent building raised garden beds, the next tilling the gardens, planting a few apple trees and berry bushes and just yesterday we visited the farmers market purchase a few veggies to plant. we have three garden beds that i am looking forward to fill!
currently, we are growing cilantro, basil (my FAVE), parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage (these last three herbs have lasted all winter long, loved that), cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, beets, lettuces, red cabbage, green cabbage, potatoes, onions, bell peppers, asparagus, fuji apple tree & a granny smith apple tree.
on our list is blueberry & blackberry bushes, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, butternut or acorn squash, spinach, collard greends, kale, arugula, oregano... can't wait to get these items planted!
we have also started composting. so glad we are finally doing this. i've always hated tossing food scraps in the trash or down the garbage disposal.
and yes, we have gardening hats, LOL! i couldn't resist. while we were shopping for our building supplies, the rack of hats were calling our names. we were trying to imitate the classic american painting of the farmers with the pitchfork in front of their house, LOL. there are boards up on our garden beds to keep Nala out. during the building process, she would get into them and lay herself down. completely in her comfort zone. we had to put a stop to that, ha!
our goal, is to be able to grow at least 50% of our favorite veggies & fruits. let's see how our semi-virgin green thumbs do :)