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
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.
Bed #2- jalapeño, other random pepper, beans, red onion, yellow onion, spinach, and leaf lettuce.
And the Bed #3- strawberries, tomato, bell pepper, more beans, green onion and snap peas
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.
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.
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.