This is my third summer at 4027 and, likewise, my third try at gardening. Hopefully the third time really will be the charm! This year, L and I went all out and have “his” & “hers” gardens. L’s garden is in the backyard and gets partial sun, mine is in a garden box L built for the south side of the house and gets major sun, all day long. Whose do you think will flourish? I’ve placed my bets.
Earlier this spring, L and my mom planted several potato plants — they took a couple of weeks to make themselves known, but they’re growing like weeds right now! L calls it his “hash-brown” garden. We’ll probably have potatoes to share with the masses come August.
For my garden, L built a garden box out of some
old reclaimed wood that the previous owners left in the garage. He’s so handy! This would probably be a great place to give a tutorial on how to build the perfect garden box… honestly, we got lucky and the boards were almost the perfect size to form a perfect square box. A couple of trim cuts and some screws, and we were in business.
After putting the garden box in place on the side of the house, it was time to fill it with the type of rich, black soil we’re known for here in Minnesota. Luckily, our neighbors were digging up sod and dirt to put in a patio, so we took a couple of wheelbarrows full of dirt, and then headed to our neighborhood Home Depot for some top soil and some of the best fertilizer around:
Next up: Mixing in some
pine needles from the dang tree in the front yard highly sought after organic mulch, and planting my garden! I chose four different tomato plants (“early girl”, Roma, cherry and hybrid “best boy”), red onions and a few different bell peppers. L added cucumbers and zucchini to the box, confessing for the first time his love of zucchini bread.
Rounding out the edible garden are some herbs in some nearby pots: rosemary, basil, dill, oregano, cilantro and mint. I foresee salsa, marinara sauce, pickles and mojitos in my future! Not necessarily in that order… I’ve already sampled some of the mint for homemade Limoncello mojitos (stay tuned for more on that process to come…)
How does your garden grow? What types of veggies or fruits are you growing this year? And, who has the magic solution to prevent the bunnies from eating everything?!?