Thursday, May 26, 2011

Raised Garden Bed

The last couple of weeks I have been working on my garden, when the weather has been cooperating.  It's a raised bed, that my husband and I built last year.  It's approximately 4 feet by 6 feet and 18 inches high.  

Last year, was the first time I had my own garden and I planted tomatoes, strawberries, squash, broccoli, peppers, chives, shallots, mint and basil.  I might have gone a little overboard, but I was excited.  Not everything was in the raised bed, some were in planters.  It was so much fun to watch everything grow and to go out in the back yard and be able to get veggies and fruits fresh from the garden.  

This year, I decided to try a few new things: romaine lettuce, sugar snap peas, and cucumbers in addition to tomatoes, strawberries, mint and basil.  I also expanded our strawberry section this year.  Parker really enjoyed those last year.  They spread really fast, so I have a couple pieces of wood placed in the garden to contain them in one end.  I decided to skip the broccoli this year.  It took up way more space than I realized it was going to.  The mint and the basil are planted in separate planters, since mint spreads like a weed.  I'm excited to see how everything grows and turns out.

And yes, I know the raised bed and our fence need to be stained.  Its on my list of things to do, but I need to wait until the weather has a couple days without rain in the forecast.

Next year, I would like to have another raised bed so I can plant a few more things.

Here are a few pictures of how the garden looks now.


Romaine Lettuce

Tomatoes

Strawberries

Cucumbers

Snap Peas
And this is little of what we harvested last year


Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Champagne Thursday!

Cheers!

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