dave and i have had a garden every year for the past 4 years. we look forward to planning what we want to grow, choosing the seeds and then watching the fruits of our labor flourish throughout the summer. our usual meals during the summer contain whatever is ready from the garden that day. one summer, our squash did especially well, so we feel pretty confident in how to season + cook our squash. (my fave: on the grill with a little.. okay, A LOT of creole seasoning. yum!)
we weren't sure if we wanted to plant a garden our first summer in this home, because we're already so overwhelmed with house projects. but we really, really want a garden. it just makes sense for our family, especially now that i stay home and am cooking a lot more. so we're going for it! starting from scratch is a little overwhelming, but we have a large concrete patio that's just dying to have a few raised garden beds around it. we still have several weeks before we can plants outdoors, so our plan is to build the garden area in time to transplant by early may.
if we could, we would grow all the fruits + veggies, but we're trying to narrow it down to foods we eat on a regular basis or more of in the summer. this being our first garden in our new home, we also don't want to overwhelm ourselves or get in over our head. so far we have, tomatoes, summer squash, sweet peppers, brocolli, spinach and cabbage. we also for the first time, picked up a few herb plants. we selected rosemary, cilantro and basil.
we've also been reading about container gardens and wildflower gardens. so we're gonna take a shot at growing a few flowers from seeds and making use of a couple planters we snatched up on clearance from home depot.
i'm excited to get digging in the dirt and making our backyard space something worth looking at. we eventually want to build a pergola, a deck, hang some lights, add a few benches/chairs, a clothesline and swing set for elias. so many projects!
what are you all planting this year?
until next time,
r + d + e