Sunday, July 6, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The harvest has begun. It's so exciting for me to watch everything grow and then to be able to eat things from our own backyard. I don't think I'll ever get over this. It's a little miracle to me every time.

This is our second year having our own garden. I helped in our garden when I was growing up, and my mom set aside a 4x4 frame for each of her kids to plant whatever they wanted. (I always did flowers.) We planted our first garden as a married couple the summer after we came back from France, in 2005. It was great, but the end of the harvest was somewhat wasted because at that point I was having major morning-sickness and didn't want to move any more than I had to to. But I really don't want to think about that. We took the next year off because we had three new little ones to care for, and moved at the end of July. In 2007 I took it easy and just planted tomato plants. It's really nice to be able to get back into it again. Hopefully next year we'll be able to make it even bigger.

So here's the garden:

DSC00816 garden

There are 7 kinds of veggies planted here. Can you name them?

DSC00817 garden 2

And here's Everett with the first of our harvest. He didn't want to touch it because of the little prickles, but he let me set it on his lap:

DSC00821 Ev zucchini

We have another small bed with lettuce, cucumbers, and two volunteer tomato plants. I have a little more space, so I might plant something else. It's just a matter of timing!


chelsea said...

your garden looks amazing. we will have a zucchini that size hopefully this week, i'm so excited, this is our first time! i think i saw some tomatoes, zucchini of course, something underground, like potatoes? i'm really bad at this, but it looks great!

MaryBeth said...

THis is our first year for a garden, and I feel just like you described... a little miracle every time I take something from my back yard to my table. It is so much fun, and doing it with little raised beds has kept the work down to a minimum as well.