Grow A Garden!

Vegetable gardens are a great way to eat more seasonally and increase the vegetables in your diet. Last year was our first spring in our current house and we were lucky to get lots of yard space to put in some raised garden beds. So I decided to try out a new hobby and I planted my first vegetable garden. Admittedly, I did not do much research but still ended up successful. My snap peas, green beans, radishes, carrots, kale and spinach crops were abundant. Going out back in the afternoons and picking things for that night’s salad was a real joy.

One the other hand, there was room for improvement with some of my crops. The rhubarb and strawberries did not fare very well, most likely due to lack of watering. My tomatoes were mushy and bland. I think I will just leave the tomato growing to family and friends on the east side of the state this season.

 The rhubarb came back! I promise to water it more this year!

The rhubarb came back! I promise to water it more this year!

 Something new I am trying this year is alternating edible crops with flowers for more visual appeal.

Something new I am trying this year is alternating edible crops with flowers for more visual appeal.

This year we’ve added an additional raised bed and I am going into the gardening season with more education and a plan. Now that our daughter is a little older it is also fun to get her involved.

 This season's new planter. The chives survived the winter and lots of neglect, so I trimmed them back and they look like they are coming back strong!

This season's new planter. The chives survived the winter and lots of neglect, so I trimmed them back and they look like they are coming back strong!

Here are some of the vegetable gardening resources I like:

This PNW book

This design reference and quick resource

The free brochures and handouts from this local nursery

 We bought this elderberry bush at the farmer's market last spring. I am looking forward to researching things to do with elderberries once it starts producing.

We bought this elderberry bush at the farmer's market last spring. I am looking forward to researching things to do with elderberries once it starts producing.

 My daughter gets involved by helping sow the seeds and sticking the signs in the dirt for me.

My daughter gets involved by helping sow the seeds and sticking the signs in the dirt for me.