Here We Go A-Gardening

Wow, these weekly roundups — which are supposed to be posted on the weekend, by the way — just keep creeping into the next week. I don’t even have the excuse of going out of town for the long weekend. No, it’s just laziness that’s kept me from posting lately, although I have been cooking and have a lot of recipes stored up to share.

This weekend, we took advantage of the holiday weekend to finish our vegetable garden. And here it is:

Vegetable Garden

The two boxes are smack dab in the front yard and right beside the driveway, although they are hidden behind a long-established bed of shrubbery and trees, so you can’t really see them from the street. This was the only spot in our yard that gets full sun, so we had no choice, Homeowners’ Association. You don’t really expect me to go without home-grown tomatoes for yet another summer, do you?

Actually, if I had my way, my whole yard would be xeriscaped with herbs, vegetables and wildflowers. But my husband likes his lawn, and since he takes care of it — and, as he points out, we don’t water it anyway, so technically it is xeriscaped — I let him have his way. But putting the herb and vegetable gardens in the front yard does get me a little way toward my goal.

We planted the boxes with mainly tomatoes, peppers and marigolds (to keep the bugs away). I also added some more herbs and an unusual squash I found at the farmers’ market. And there are a few hitchhikers from the compost heap. A couple of potatoes had sprouted and were already making babies, so we put those in potato corner.

Seedlings After we made the beds and spread the compost, several little sprouts poked their heads up. Based on careful comparisons with seedlings at the garden center, I would guess that they are some kind of melon. We are going to let them do their thing and see what we get, all in the name of science.

I am really looking forward to a summer of fresh salsa, insalata caprese, raw tomato pasta sauce and tomato sandwiches eaten over the kitchen sink. Probably the only thing more satisfying than cooking your own food is growing it.

By the way, I am seeking suggestions for irrigation systems that do not involve hoses of any kind. Anyone have any ideas? I read about a simple method of burying 8-inch terra cotta pots and filling those with waters. Also, I am considering an even more sustainable approach and purchasing some of these.

Here are some favorite gardening blogs for more tales of the garden (and much better photographs): The Inadvertent Gardener and As the Garden Grows.


6 thoughts on “Here We Go A-Gardening

  1. inadvertentgardener 29 May 2007 at 8:57 am

    Those Aqua Cones look really cool — I think I’d seen them before, but never actually took a look at them. They might be a great option for tomatoes, particularly the one I have in my hanging basket. Hmm… And thank you for the shout-out — I appreciate it! Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I have now added you to my Bloglines subscriptions!

  2. cooknkate 29 May 2007 at 9:36 am

    Mmmmm….I look forward to seeing what you make with all that wonderful produce!

  3. Marc 29 May 2007 at 10:14 am

    We like to grow tomatoes here in our garden in Washington. I am disabled from a car accident so I don’t get to spend as much time with my garden as I used to. I noticed that you are planning to make salsa this year… homemade salsa is really good. My Mom makes a great salsa using one of the 12 secret recipes from SavePress Quick Dinner Recipes. For 5 bucks you can’t beat the variety of recipes for salads, Mexican food and crock pot dinners. Your blog is enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on gardening.

  4. Christa 29 May 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Cheers to you for devoting some of the yard to an edible garden. Those Aqua Cones are an interesting idea. I’d love to hear more about using the terra cotta pots. Do you use barrels to catch rainwater for the garden/yard? That might be another tactic to add to the mix.

    Nice blog!

  5. Shannon 30 May 2007 at 9:11 pm

    I have been thinking about getting a rain barrel. I see lots of them in my neighborhood so I probably will give it a try soon. I will let you know how the Aqua Cones work out — I think that’s the direction I’m going to go first, since we have plenty of extra two-liters around.

  6. […] I was busy ignoring my garden this week, those tiny sprouts from last week tripled in size. I’m really enjoying watching them and wondering what they will grow up to […]

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