Hands down, spring is my favorite season. It means flip flops, open windows, flowers, and iced coffee. Best of all, spring means it’s garden time! That’s right, bust out your gardening gloves and seeds because it’s time to grow some food. This year, we decided that since I’m growing a human being, which will be due somewhere around the time our garden is usually growing out of control, we would try to keep things simple. And with the face lift our raised beds recently received with a new fence, it made planting the garden even more fun this year -
In one bed we have corn, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and lettuce -
And in the other bed we have pole beans, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, cucumber, and banana peppers.
This year, we’re trying a new set up for the pole beans. Last year we made a wigwam, which ended up being home to about 10,000 mosquitoes in the center. Hopefully the new set up will allow a little more space for each vine.
Another lesson learned from last year was that we needed to protect our corn from squirrels. Every time the corn was almost ready to pick they’d swoop in and eat it. This year we covered the area with netting to ward off our little friends.
We’re also trying a couple new veggies this spring. Brian really wanted a banana pepper so we threw in one of those guys. And brussel sprouts have become a new favorite in our kitchen so we thought we’d try our hand at growing some.
And while we wait patiently for everything to grow, we’ve already been able to munch on some lettuce -
Outside of our raised beds, our blueberry bushes are loaded with berries. We’ve learned to cover these too as birds picked off about 90% of the berries last year -
And on our patio we’ve got a mini container garden, including herbs (cilantro, basil, and dill), peppers (red, green, jalapeno, serrano), strawberries, and a citronella plant to help keep the mosquitoes away.
Yeah, so much for downsizing.