The garden is finally in a state where I’m not completely embarrassed to show it to the world. It’s still not perfect, but whose garden is right?
The pic below is looking out from about the middle of the garden. Directly in front of you is my cold frame bed. It’s extra deep and I place two windows across the top in February to get the lettuce in early. The lettuce has been dying because of the heat (and we’re eating it) so I’ve been sowing carrots in there as the lettuce comes out. Directly to the right of that is a large batch of broccoli, cabbage and zukes/summer squash. Straight across on the left are green beans.
The pic below shows the beans again but also the mixed bed. That bed had lettuce and spinach in it. It hasn’t been replaced much yet but also has carrots, some lettuce and cabbage left. You can also see some kind of grass growing in there that I’m having a hard time getting rid of. Behind that is the bed of peas, which I think I’m done growing. They are a pain in the butt to harvest. I think I’m done growing them. On the right is more broccoli and carrots. On the far left back is a bed of peas, potatoes and brussell sprouts, along with two onion plants that were left from last year I guess. As you can tell I really need to get some wood chips down, but I’m behind the game so far.
Here I’m standing next to the bed of cabbage, squash and broccoli. There are 3 beds of potatoes (I like to grow potatoes on new beds the first year so all the grass and leaves can decompose in place while they cover the taters). Behind the black wheelbarrow I have some beans, onions, canteloupe and watermelon. Also a bed with sweet potatoes and cukes. Right in front of you here I have winter squash. Only one has come up. I think I’ll need to replant. This area is all new this year and still being built out, but it’s still growing food.
My comfrey plants. I finally got some after all these years of wanting some. I ended up planting about 20 plants so I should have a ton of biomass here before too long. The weedy patch right behind them is the sandbox which I’m going to fill in with compost and plant to carrots this month.
This year I’m doing something very different with the garden as I’m trying to grow a lot of things to store for the winter and focusing on the things we really eat, both fresh and preserved.
Even with all this stuff planted I still have about two beds that aren’t fully planted yet (we eat a lot more cool weather crops than hot weather crops) so I have to wait for July so I can sow more broccoli, cabbage and carrots for the fall. I love working with small spaces and seeing each bed rotate over as one item is spent and replaced with another. I don’t think you would get the same thrill from seeing that when you have a really large garden space.
Not pictures above is a bed with garlic and herbs in it as well as another bed of potatoes. They are closer to the house but will move when they are harvested shortly.
It’s strawberry season too. Last night I put up 20 jars of jam and last Friday it was 6 quarts of strawberries. I have another 6 or so to do tonight and tomorrow and then we’ll probably be set for the winter. My blackberry bushes have so many berries on them I’ll need to make plans to make jam from them too!