While I have grown fresh herbs, tomatoes and peppers in containers during past summers, I have always wanted to raise a traditional garden. After visiting my local farmer’s market almost daily last summer, I decided it was time to take my green thumb to the next level.
Growing a garden is also a great way to encourage a healthier diet and keep you fit. Here’s the blog post that brought these added perks to my attention. I’m not at all surprised by this notion, but never really gave it much thought!
I opted for a raised garden bed to eliminate some of the hassle that comes with an in-ground garden. I planned to plant a mixture of seeds and plants to get the garden going. I love, love, love tomatoes and chose 2 of my favorite varieties, along with a gourmet blend of lettuce to start from seeds. I was so set on getting the planting process perfect that you would have thought I was researching to perform my first surgery!
After just over a week of TLC, the first few sprouts poked through the soil. I was beyond thrilled!
Since then, the little sprouts have continued to thrive. As you can see this novice gardener went a bit overboard with seeding, so I will be sharing my seedlings with friends and family, including my 4 year old niece! You live and learn, right?
Check out the start of my lettuce! The freshest summer salads are right around the corner!
Instead of starting fresh herbs from scratch I purchased basil and oregano plants so I could enjoy them right away. I planted these in containers in order to conserve space in the raised garden for my tomato seedlings and tomato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower plants.
My beautiful cruciferous veggies—Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
Now that the roughest of the spring weather has passed (with the exception of an unexpected May frost!), I plan to plant a few additional varieties of tomato plants, zucchini and peppers.
Stay tuned to see more of the progress, plus recipes using all of my fresh-from-the-garden goods!
Did you plant a garden this spring? What did you plant? Do you have any advice for the newbie gardener like me? Please share!