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:
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.
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.