We receive a weekly basket of organic vegetables from a local farm. We've been a customer/partner of the same farm for almost 17 years now. Despite the fact that we know that we are going to receive beautiful, fresh vegetables throughout the summer, it was very important to me to have our own veggie garden. I wanted Emma and Chloé to have a connection with how things grow and to feel the joy in participating in the process.
Here are my gardeners a few years later, I think at age five and nine.
|Hmmm, where did that fashion pose come from? Certainly not me. Emma is holding an insect cage that was very well used over many summers here.|
The next photos you will see document the transformation of our garden this year from a wild, neglected space (I didn't have time to look after it last year and we missed it SO much) to a beautiful, ordered, planted vegetable patch.
|I told you it was overgrown. I took this standing on a stepladder about a week ago. All that green is provided by many happy violas, some coriander, a perennial strawberry plant, a monster sage plant and many, many weeds.|
|Now weed-free with the soil topped up with organic earth and compost.|
|Honestly, you'd think that Meeko was the one who weeded and then hauled and spread the ten bags of organic soil and three bags of compost himself!|
Not all vegetables grow close to the ground, so you will need a method to support your taller vegetables. The square foot method suggests various tall structures. For me, I need a combination of 'practical' and 'pretty' to be happy, so I bought attractive metal obelisks that I use to support my taller plants. This year, I will also be using the shrub at the back of the bed to support my cucumbers.
|Here I'm trying out positions for all of the vegetables. You'll notice I used both potted plants and seeds.|
|Here is our veggie garden on Sunday afternoon, planted and watered.|
All in all, if I don't count the spaces taken up by stepping stones, we have forty-four planting spaces. It's an amazing way to grow many beautiful things in a small space.
I am very excited to report that I can see signs of sprouting from some of our seeds only four days after planting them. Sunshine and rain. We've had the perfect garden combination in past days.
Bookhou owned by Arounna and John) with a lovely weekend sunset sparkling in the background.
P.S. The pie was delicious!