Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gariety's Garden

The past few weeks Michael and I have been preparing the garden. We decided to try a few new organic "tricks" to help us have a weed free garden. We added organic compost to the soil, covered it with a barrier of recycled paper (which is supposed to break down gradually into the soil) and added a layer of cocoa shell mulch. Two weeks ago we started our seeds and yesterday in between conference sessions we planted a few choice vegetables and fruits.
In the top left we planted 6 rows of peppers (jalapeno, thai chili and banana) with more to come when our seedlings sprout. Mike uses them for homemade salsa in the summer time. In the top right is zuchini and tomato (also more to come from seeds), the bottom right has strawberries, rhubarb and pickling cucumbers and the bottom left was left open for all the rest of our seedings once they are big to plant.
Here are just some pics of walkway we added. Last year it was hard to get to the middle of the garden so we put our heads together and decided to divide the garden into 4 quadrants with the walkway and then stepping stones on either side.

6 comments:

Vera said...

that is a beautiful and inspiring garden, wishing we could get one together this year but i think it's going to have to wait till the babies are both walking age so i'll be able to break free long enough to tend to it. yours looks wonderful! love the new walkway!

lee04031 said...

NICE WORK! I can't wait to see pictures of everything growing : ) keep us updated! gardens are so much fun.

Chad and Clair said...

Chads parents just started their garden this weekend too. There is just something about spring and a new garden that makes you happy huh?

Sharee and Arthur said...

inspiring--I think I'll get out and work on mine this week. You guys always pull in such a great haul from your garden! Way to go!

Andy & Mindy said...

I sooo need to you come to our house and help us get started every year we have such high hopes for a garden but we never know where to plant, what to plant etc...It is really important to us that Skyler know how wonderful a garden is, so this is the year :) I hope. I will let you know : )You guys INSPIRE me!

Breeana said...

Awww, this is GREAT, Amber! Good for you guys!!! I really, really, really want to plant a garden, too. Hopefully we'll get to. Yours is beautiful! I can't wait to hear how it goes. :)