Last week, I showed off my repainted planter and pot here, that took part in our outdoor beautification. I wanted to continue to share some of the things JD and I were able to tackle outside on the nice days we’ve gotten from Mother Nature.
Last year, as part of my 30×30, I grew a vegetable garden. Let’s be honest – it was mostly tomatoes, basil and oregano, as I couldn’t seem to get the squash to grow, nor the beans. But that’s okay, because I learned something from that experience – if at first you don’t succeed in the garden, grow a different plant!
So this year, I decided to go with cherry tomatoes and some herbs, just to keep it interesting. Last year, we had so many unused tomatoes, between our vacation away (we couldn’t pick them!) and just a general abundance of them! So we are scaling back the tomatoes from 6 bushes, to 2 and sticking to one variety.
As to the herbs, I’m trying my hand at those in hopes to at least have fresh ones for the summer and then be able to freeze them as we grow more. I’m certainly very optimistic, I know – but I think this could work out.
So here are some early photos of its growth, with the peonies in the middle of it all. I don’t really have a spot to replant them to, and I love them too much to get rid of them. So they stay.
We’re growing basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano and mint. I’m looking forward to harvesting these as they grow and using them as I cook.
One of the many things I learned in my research about growing herbs is that the roots of mint can completely take over a space, so it’s best to grow it in its own container…unless you want mint all over, then go for it. As I’m still new at this, I think I’d prefer not to have one plant orchestrate a take over of my garden space, so in a pretty new pot it goes:
I’ll keep you updated as the season progresses! So far, I’ve learned that a toddler doesn’t fear getting dirt all over himself…nor does he respect mini plastic garden “fences” -he’s busting into the dirt and looking for a good time. I’ve heard red pepper can keep cats out of your garden…what natural remedy removes a curious little boy from the same space?
Anyone have their garden started, window box or otherwise? Any tips or advice? I welcome all!