Thursday, June 17, 2010

Green Thumb Part 1

Time for an update on our yard!

The month of May seemed to be all about yard work…probably the most I’ve ever done :)  I mean weeding alone can occupy many many full days and you’ll never be done!!

We’ve been at our house for 1 year this month!  I’d love to share some of the adventures/projects as new homeowners.

#1 – Vegetable Garden

I always knew I wanted to have a veggie garden.  We didn’t move in early enough last year to really get one going, although we did have a few tomato plants last year and those are always great to have.

We did tomatoes again in the same spot, as that worked out pretty well and we’d have more room for other veggies in the new garden.



(this pic was from a few weeks ago.  We now have some green tomatoes sprouting and they’ve grown a lot!)

For our new garden, we did a raised bed.  We build the box ourselves, and it’s 4’x8’ and 8” high. 

The area we chose gets a lot of sun throughout the day which is very important.  The plastic in the picture was there when we bought it to keep weeds at bay, so we cut around it for the bed instead of removing it. IMG_9639

My handyman/yard work champion



Once in place, it was time to buy some veggies! 

We had a gift card to Mahoney’s Garden Center leftover from the wedding (great gift idea btw!!), so we headed there one Saturday morning.

They had SOOOO many things to choose from, it was a hard decision and we really didn’t know how many different items we could fit into our garden.  

Definitely Basil


Look at all these gorgeous basil leaves!!!!!!!!!


This is what an asparagus plant looks like


I bought 1 to see what would happen, but we wont see anything from the plant until at least next Spring.

Thought this was interesting…


A Stevia plant!   Didn’t get one though.

In the end we had a full cart of veggies and herbs


  • cucumbers
  • green, red, and yellow peppers
  • carrots
  • mesclun lettuce
  • red onion
  • zucchini
  • summer squash
  • asparagus
  • snap peas
  • basil
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • dill
  • rosemary
  • mint
  • chives
  • sage

And into the ground they went…


Aside from 1 year with tomatoes, we are both gardening newbies!  So we are figuring that this year is more of a learning experience than anything…but I do hope we have some success!








So far things are going pretty good…not great, but good.  I really need to read up more about each plant and how to take care of them.  It’s also only been 3 weeks so I don’t know how much growth to expect yet.

If anyone has any tips for any of the items we are growing it would be greatly appreciated!! :)


  1. ah! It looks fabulous. We built our raised box ourselves as well. Our fingers are crossed that everything grows. Its been so darn hot and humid here...I feel like I have to water it all the freaking time. Aren't home grown tomatoes the best?

  2. What you are going to have an abundance of good stuff.

  3. Raised beds are the best ever for growing stuff; make sure with your leafy greens that you continue to pick them even if you don't eat them- that way they won't go to seed!

    So excited for you guys- it looks great!

  4. We are gardening newbies too! We have 2 4x4 boxes and in those we have swiss chard, beets, carrots, two kinds of peppers, two eggplant, two tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, zucchini & summer squash, and two kinds of winter squash. Some things are doing really well but there are a few that didn't take off at all and I think I need to replant. It's really a learning process!

  5. I think a lot of the fun of gardening is trial and error. You'll learn soemthing new every week/month/year. Great looking gardens!