Wednesday, April 11, 2012

spring is in bloom, and so is our garden!

We had a small garden last year but since we got started a little late, it didn't yield as much as we hoped. You can see some of our veggies from last year here.

This year we extended our garden, planted more seeds and started it on time!

We dug out a smallish patch of grass to turn into our garden. It's about 10x5 feet. Ben planted several different rows, each with different seeds. He pushed a pencil into the soil to make a small hole for each seed and then covered them up.

(I have to make a note in here that this is one of the main reasons we are so happy to be out of an apartment! We love having a yard and room for a garden and our landlord doesn't mind one bit. He actually thought it was really cool that we are growing our own veggies. If you rent, it doesn't hurt to ask!)
This week I'll be making signs for each row. Check back for a DIY on how I make those.
After just a few days we already had some radishes pop:
This week we had some hard rain and we can definitely see a difference!
there are a few more seeds that have not popped yet.

Even the butterflies love our garden.
It's not perfect. There is grass growing up all around the plants but that doesn't bother us much. I pay more attention to the weeds. I guess in Afghanistan their gardens are full of grass and the vegetables grow just fine (my husband spent 6 months over there last year). So we're doing it old school.

If you are considering planting a garden, I would suggest starting out with something easy. Of course, starting from plants rather than seeds is always easier. If you want to try seeds, I highly suggest radishes. They grow so fast and are super easy! Many of ours are almost ready to be pulled and we planted them just 3 weeks ago.

What about you?! Do you have a garden this year? What did you plant?


  1. That's a great start! We have about 50 varieties of veggies started indoors but it will be late next month before things go outside. We did plant mint and grapes outside already though.

  2. How exciting! I can't wait to have my own backyard someday so I can plant a garden. You are one domestic little thing. Love it!! Xo

  3. We are definitely simplifying what's in our garden this year. Last year, we were so excited about just having a garden that we went a little overboard with the amount of veggies we planted. We didn't realize how much we planted until it was time to harvest!!! We had more than we could handle. So, this year we kept it minimal: a few tomatoes, peppers, jalepenos, green onion, and garlic (which still needs to be planted). This time we planted more herbs: cilantro, oregano, basil, and mint. We're going back to basics with our veggie planting, just planting what we know we will and can eat! :)

  4. Good job on your garden. That's a great picture of the butterfly. So pretty!