How does your garden grow?

We’ve had a garden since we first moved to our place in Old Town, our first place with actual land associated with it. Okay, we had tried to grow some little herbs or flowers or something in tiny hanging clay pots when we lived in LA, but we never remembered to water them so they quickly died.

During our Old Town years, we planted a few herbs in one existing bed and tomatoes along the fence between us and our neighbors. The herbs did great…the tomatoes got eaten by squirrels.

Since we moved to our house, we’ve always done herbs and attempted tomatoes. Last year, Matt also tried hot peppers, squash, tomatillos, and cantaloupe. Everything was going alright until we suddenly ceased to remember to water them. Well, the herbs were fine but they’re mostly drought-resistant, anyway.

This year, we extended the big part of the garden to be along the entire length of fence which extends into our side yard from the back patio. Okay, you have no idea what I mean as I have no real photos of how our house sits on the property, but here’s what the garden itself looks like.

From front to back, we have: some herbs (mint, cilantro, parsley, basil, tarragon, and marjoram, I think), two different lettuces, broccoli, brussel sprouts, two kinds of hot peppers, and several kinds of heirloom tomatoes.

We also have the raised bed which used to be full of herbs but it didn’t get quite enough light for them, so it’s just a few of the more shade-tolerant varieties.

Believe it’s chives, rosemary, thyme, and dill in there.

We get almost all of our plants from a local nursery. Last Friday we visited as a family for our, oh, fourth trip this year.

Basil and the tomatoes, I think.

Lizzie loved helping pull the wagon.

Some of the flowering annuals available.

We also bit the bullet and bought an automated drip irrigation system so we no longer have to remember to water the main garden, only the things in the raised bed and our front garden area (which I forgot to get photos of when it was still daylight).

Do you have a garden? Just wish you had the space/time/money to have one?

2 thoughts on “How does your garden grow?”

  1. We’ve been expanding our garden yearly. This year we have yet to plant the tomatoes and beans that I want to start and I think the squash will wait a bit as well. I did manage to start some garlic this year that’s sprouting nicely and some kale. This is also the first year I got a trellis for the snap peas to hang onto so they don’t get eaten right away.

    We still don’t have a way to keep the squirrels and crows from getting at the strawberries before us but that’s a battle I’m no longer fighting as Allie loves the blueberries and they leave those alone since they’re swarmed with bees.

    We also pulled out all our mint this year because it went rogue outside it’s pot and that’s just unacceptable. We’re hoping to put some back into the submerged pot but it’ll wait. The fennel, sage, rosemary and parsely are the ones I care about most and they are so hardy and happy around here that I don’t notice when the other things fail.


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