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And So It Begins (Edible Edition)

5.17.2010

I just may have the garden planted.  Took awhile and I still may add a couple of things here and there, but overall it is ready for the “before” picture.

Last year was a lot more labor intensive with building the raised beds and planting everything from scratch.  So compared to that fun, this year was pretty easy.  And I even had some of my plants come back.  And I strategically moved the others around to help combat disease and bugs.

I also stuck pretty closely to the original plan.  Except there was no room for cantaloupe and asparagus…and Derek threw another random pepper in the cart.

So I will stop babbling and share the beginning of the 2010 gardening season-

Bed #1: Raspberries

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Yeah this is the “before” picture.  They have really taken off and I am so excited that I will be able to get fruit of them this year (and that they are hiding ugly the electrical box per my plan).  Tying them up to the trellis was a long and thorny morning so if the birds get to the berries first I will be very peeved.

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Bed #2- jalapeño, other random pepper, beans, red onion, yellow onion, spinach, and leaf lettuce.

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I planted the beans from seed and they are just starting to sprout-IMG_0961

 

And the Bed #3- strawberries, tomato, bell pepper, more beans, green onion and snap peas

Let’s just say the strawberries cam back with a vengeance-IMG_0967

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As did the green onion.  The flowers look pretty….IMG_0964

But it needs some serious dividing as it is taking over other plants.  Supposedly the best time to so this is after flowering and I am counting the days.IMG_0966

Speaking of flowering edibles…who knew that sage could be so pretty?  Good thing looks good because I have no idea how to cook with it.IMG_0956

All the other herbs (cilantro, lavender, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and mint) are happily in their pots on the patio.   But already are so much larger than when I planted them.

We also added a grape trellis to the side of the patio….I am a little nervous because from what I read the pruning protocol is very specific to get fruit.   So this falls in the “experimental” section.  Hence the tags still on the plants….once I take them off I am committed in my mind.  I know….weird.  So they just might be on there all summer.

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And to go with the beginnings of the garden, I am happy to report that we have already eaten a small portion of this years bounty.  It rained  a l l  weekend here, but I sloshed through the yard to get this to add to dinner (and dessert).  Note to self-backyard drainage is probably another upcoming expensive yet unglamorous project.

First garden harvest 2010

First garden harvest 2010

First garden harvest 2010

I am so excited to start the almost daily trips out there to add to our meals.  And I can’t wait to see the “after” pictures.

Stay tuned for the spring pictures of the rest of the landscaping….I am happy to report that the perennial beds are looking a lot more full than last year.  Not that would take much.

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10 comments on "And So It Begins (Edible Edition)"
  1. Your hard work is paying off...Looks like you are going to have a delicious summer!!

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  2. Jenny, your gardens are wonderful! You all will surely have a very healthy summer. ;)

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  3. I love your garden bed, everthing weekend we say - ok we gotta get the garden done, and never do!! Your making me really want a garden - just a few herbs would be nice! :)

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  4. Your garden looks terrific! I am SOO jealous you are already harvesting strawberries...ours don't ripen til June. And your raspberry vines look so healthy! Can't wait to see the afters as well!!

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  5. Wow, you are going to have some pretty delicious salads and grilling dishes this summer! I'm so jealous!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

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  6. My husband is totally jealous of your berries. Our strawberries are going NUTS, but I think our raspberries need another year, which is unfortunate.

    Love where you put your grapes. So wanting to try that.

    (And, I love the benches around your deck. So nice to have that seating.)

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  7. Your garden is gorgeous! I love your strawberries. :) Thanks so much for the visit to my blog the other day...I've been out of town and am just now having the chance to return the favor. :) Have a great week!

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  8. I'm currently crossing my fingers and toes for my strawberries to grow. Your garden looks lovely, I only hope my after, looks as good as your before!

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  9. Gorgeous! Don't you just love planting and digging in the dirt?

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  10. Beautiful pictures Jenny! You are going to have so many yummy things to eat all summer long!

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