I thought it would be fun to document my garden this year for the Weekend Cooking crowd and, since flowers are a favorite photography subject, for Saturday Snapshots, too.
It’s hard to know where to start, so I went for the fantasy shot — the empty garden ready to plant.
What this doesn’t show is how many hours of work already went into the garden this year. I removed the skeletons of last year’s plants. Rick and I vacuumed up the leaves to chop them up a bit, then raked them on the bed again for some organic matter. I hauled up seven cart-loads of compost from the compost pile (on the north down-hill side of the house) to the garden (on the south up-hill side of the house). After raking that out, Rick taught me how to use the power cultivator to break everything up and stir in all that organic matter. Then, I shoveled out paths, covered them with straw (actually, the remnants of our ornamental grasses), and raked out the beds again. Whew!
I sketched a plan for this year’s garden using the above photo for my template.
I have never successfully grown lettuce or spinach. My theory is that I plant the seeds too deeply so they don’t germinate or too shallow so they get washed away when I water. So, I was very excited to learn that Jung Seed had a new thing they called seed tape. I was expecting some sort of adhesive, but seed tape turned out to be seeds sealed between strips of tissue paper. Cool! And it worked — the seeds didn’t disappear before they had a chance to germinate.
The blueberries started blooming!
This weekend, I’ll buy plants at the St. Louis Master Gardener Sale to fill the rest of my beds.
Are you growing vegetables this year? Or herbs?
Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking, a weekly blog hop of food posts.
Saturday Snapshots are hosted each week by Melinda of West Metro Mommy Reads. Check out her post this weekend for lots of great photos around the web.