The garden

I’ve been wanting to tell you about our garden for awhile.  We moved into our house about this time last year and never really felt like we had the time or space in our minds to think about the yard since we were mainly focusing on getting our things settled inside the house.  So, this year, we have been super excited about the prospect of being more thoughtful about our edibles.

We started by getting all of our fruit trees structurally pruned by a professional tree service company last winter.  Had we timed these photos right, we could have shown you what they looked like in the prime time of their flowering.  But, here’s what they all look like as of May 22:

Plum Tree

Pear Tree

Apple Tree (with our new bird feeder!)

Our 2nd apple tree

Two Cherry Trees

Two Cherries


We’re really hoping to take advantage of our fruit this year.  We pretty much missed all of our plums last year. ( think I ate one.)  All of our pears were WAY to high to try to pick.  At one point we had considered trying to pick them through the upstairs bedroom window, but they were still out of reach. The ones we found on the ground always looked like they would have been pretty good.  All our cherries went to the birds.  Every single one of our grapes went to the raccoons.  I at least managed to make a good sampling of baked apple treats.  So, like I said, we’re hoping for better luck this year!

Oh. I almost forgot to show  you our nicely pruned grapes.  We did both of these vines on our own. 🙂

We ended up buying all of our starts for the garden at two different times.  In April, we planted:

  • peas
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • romaine
  • red leaf lettuce

and pot of italian flat leaf parsley, sage, and thyme.

(In case you’re wondering why our parsley looks so measely, it’s becuase I’ve already used a huge amount of it for a chimmichurri sauce.  And – don’t you worry about that mint.  It made it into our inaugural summer mojitos and they were good enough to repeat throughout the season.)

Last weekend, we finished our planting with:

  • tomatoes (grape, roma, and tomatillos)

  • jalapenos
  • serranos
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • delicata squash

And, we added another pot of herbs with basil and cilantro.

We also finally got rid of a bunch of the strawberries that had been planted in one of the garden beds when we moved in.  So, we’re down to 1/3 of what had been there.

It wouldn’t be right to leave out a picture or two of some of the flowers we put in the planters coming up our front steps.

Nor could we leave out a photo of our new pride and joy:

Our rain barrel!!

Here’s hoping for a warm summer! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “The garden

  1. Best Blog post ever. So inspired by your garden. 🙂 I really want to plant some fruit trees/plants this year. I am hoping to try blueberries, raspberries and grapes.

    • Jenna – the nice thing for us is that all of our fruit trees and the grapes are very well established. If you do end up planting, just be prepared for having to wait a couple seasons before getting fruit. (Especially the blueberries from what I’ve heard.) We have raspberries in our yard, too, that I forgot to mention. They aren’t in a very good spot and are growing way out into the yard, so we have to work a bit to prop those up. Anyway – happy gardening to you! 🙂

  2. Jealous… so very jealous of your BEAUTIFUL garden and edible opportunities this summer!!!!! Looks like you’ve done a great job of preparing. Can’t wait to hear more stories throughout the summer!

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