The hubs built two raised vegetable gardens on the south side of the house, about a foot off of the ground and easy to work in and maintain. Every year we planted a little hope along with our veggie seeds and most of the time we were gifted with a few tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, squash, peas, and the like. Most of the time. Last year was a bust. I think the late Spring and Summer had a lot to do with it and this year is turning out to be an even later start.
We decided recently to shake things up a little and add a few new items to the patch. I came across some interesting organic seeds online and ordered some...dragon carrots, black fatso pumpkins, boothby blonde cucumbers,costata romanesco zucchini,watermelon radish, sweet chocolate peppers, and touchstone gold beets. Along with the usual peas, fava beans, and tomatoes. The names alone conjure up some interesting ideas.
In addition to, and new this year, we have taken out all the roses bushes that lined the back of the house. They just didn't survive the extremely wet fall, winter and spring. The hubs turned this into a raised bed and added some new amended soil for me, also raising the bed to accommodate my needs to sit while gardening. ( I can't kneel on my prosthesis and taking it off outside to crawl around the yard is not something I want to do.) I am going to turn this area into a cutting garden. I've gathered more seeds than necessary and more than I ever have planted before, in fact, I have never planted a garden of flower seeds! Always opted to buy bedding plants.
I''m planting zinnias, hollyhock, sweetpeas, italian sunflowers, calendula, and radicculus. I also have some pansy and poppy. I know I can't cram all of this into one little flower bed but I am anxious to plan it out and see what comes up. With the exception of the sweetpeas and the poppy these are all new to me...
so I hope you will come along with me and watch my garden grow. Are any of these your favorite and do you have any advice for me? How does your garden grow?