My Garden Update

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by Laura

Today I want to give you the garden tour! I’ll show you how it started and how it is progressing.    

Last year we had a little garden area in the back yard that was maybe 12x8ft.   My husband and I didn’t know what we were doing, but we had a ton of fun, learned a lot, and were ready to get a little more serious this year.  So for #garden2016 we Eric built garden beds, had a TRUCK load of dirt dumped on our driveway and wheelbarrowed it back to the beds for days.   Then it was time for the good stuff: the planting!  

Made the boxes, filled with dirt, built chicken wire trellis.

Made the boxes, filled with dirt, built chicken wire trellis.

This year we made two garden beds and next year add two more.  On the right bed, we planted spinach, green beans, peas, and onions all around.  On the left bed went the tomatoes, peppers, and asparagus.  

asparagus starts out SO weird.

asparagus starts out SO weird.

Asparagus is super creepy looking when you first plant it.  You have to bury it pretty deep, and then every time it pops up you keep covering it until the soil is flush with the top of the bed.  The asparagus will take another two years to develop and will get 5 ft. tall!  Here’s the little baby asparagus.  

baby asparagus

baby asparagus

Also in this bed we have the tomatoes and peppers.  I’ll let you take a look at those.  

grape tomatoes

grape tomatoes 

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Those green peppers are the size of my thumb nail right now.  Over in the other garden bed things started off slow like this:  

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We have already harvested most of the spinach, Eric took it every day in his lunch.  Now the right side looks like this: 

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The peas have been climbing and today started to flower.  One of my favorite things about peas is the way they curl around anything they can to stabilize.  Check out the peas.  

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Which brings us to the green beans.  They too, unfurled just this morning!  

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I think gardening brings such wonder to our lives.  Every single day we come out and see new things.  Our kids get SO excited when there are flowers, or they get taller, or the produce starts to come. Elsewhere in our yard we have rhubarb and blueberry bushes.  

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We have already made three rhubarb pies this year, and we might get a handful of blueberries, but they aren’t really supposed to produce much for another two years.  

I hope you guys liked seeing the progress in our yard!  It’s going to be HOT and HUMID here this weekend, so wherever you are, I hope you have ice tea, watermelon, and deodorant!  

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