This post is sponsored by Seeds Of Change
I did a handful of garden updates at our old house. It was sad to say goodbye to that garden! But we’re happy to say that the garden at our new house is wild and thriving. And I think I like it even better!
The new garden is sort of one giant raised bed. When we moved in, this area was all mulch. We actually had to remove the mulch and put in loads of nice organic soil (with the help of our lawn guy, who delivered it in a big truck). It was quite the process to get started, but now that it’s done, we’re so happy with how it turned out. (Although the bad news is we might build some stairs down from our upper deck and have to relocate the garden!) Anyways, for now, it’s great because we can walk up to the lettuce and pick at arm’s reach – minimal bending required!
The greens are always my favorite part of our garden. As you have seen, we have garden salads pretty much daily throughout the summer. We always have some lettuce, but I’ve been mostly into the heartier kale varieties lately. Our kale is starting to look a little sad, but there are still lots of good leaves. We planted three varieties this year – curly, lacianto and red Russian. My favorite salad is a mix of them all with herbs on top!
My second favorite part of the garden are the herbs. This year we have mint, dill, basil, thyme and rosemary.
The mint is in a wine barrel to help contain it.
The basil is HUGE – pesto making needs to happen stat.
Our dill is just doing ok, but the rosemary is good. Rosemary is my favorite herb!
We find greens and herbs relatively easy to grow, but the veggies can be a little more difficult. We have okra producing some pods –
Zucchini (gotta pick that sucker today!) –
And lots of tomatoes (Matt’s favorite). He built this A-frame trellis himself.
We really don’t have many green thumb secrets to share – we just get good soil, sunshine, water and things grow! We had some trouble with pests at our first house in Charlotte (a deer ate a whole zucchini plant once), and we had worms in our broccoli last year, but other than that we have had pretty good garden luck. Our greens are all from seeds, and the bigger plants we used starters.
The only downfall this year is that the peppers aren’t doing that well – we think they need better sun.
OH and I almost forgot the HOPS!! Matt’s glory.
They are climbing all the way up the house. He hopes to brew with them when they are ready.
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Green thumbs for everyone!
This post was sponsored by Seeds of Change