Monday, August 10, 2009
my 'little' front yard garden
If you have been reading this blog for awhile then you know that our garden is an Edible Estate. A fruit, vegetable and herb garden that was initiated through a project by Fritz Haeg with the previous owners of our home.
Quite a few people have asked about the garden so I thought I should do a post about what is going on and what we are growing this year.
We have 15 planters in which to rotate our crops each season.
This year we have put in (and please excuse the fact that I will most likely forget some).
Radishes, Carrots, Lettuces- Romaine, Red Leaf, Arugula, Green Leaf (though the lettuces are done now). Butternut Squash, Leek, Swiss Chard, Radishes, Green and Yellow Squash, Green Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, Cucumber, Cauliflower, Yellow Pear Tomato, Big Boy Tomato (not great), a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes got stolen and I am very sad about that.
Cilantro, Thai Basil, Purple Basil, Italian Basil, Chamomile, Flat Parsley, Curly leaf Parsley, Creeping Wooly Thyme (returned from last year), Thyme, Rosemary, Chives(returned from last year), Mint (Chocolate, Peppermint, Spearmint, Pineapple Mint), Lemon Thyme, Sage, Chives
Watermelon- still waiting on that one
Strawberries (about a thousand a year), Gooseberries, White Currants, Red Currants, Blackberries, Blueberries (I need to transplant the blueberry bush since we got none this year and 4 last year), Yellow and light red Raspberries (twice blooming), Peach Tree, Apple Tree (not really fruiting yet), Cherry Tree (not fruiting yet), two Dwarf Peach Trees, 5 varieties of Grapes, Rhubarb.
Also planted some flowers in the boxes- marigolds, snapdragons and one other whose name I don't know because it was given to me and had no information.
After a year I would say that growing a organic garden has been a interesting experience and one that I've enjoyed. I've made a few mistakes (like not tying up my cauliflower leaves this year) and not keeping the fig tree alive, learned what works well, what doesn't, argued with squirrels, gone picking for berries twice a day, been interviewed, have had people come by to gawk and others try to sneak away with food. There is of course work involved but, not as much as you would think but, perhaps we could do a bit more. If you have an eagle eye you will see that the mint is still way out of control.