The veggie garden area at my old house in Calgary was called ‘England’, so this one in my new-to-me Edmonton backyard is, of course, ‘New England’!!
Last year I planned out the raised bed size,
and then in the winter I decided on a round lawn in front of it, with a little sitting area where the evening sun lasts longest:
I’m very happy with it! Raised beds make a veggie garden much easier to maintain, and less grass also makes me happy. The dark mulch also helps the shape of the lawn stand out better. Here’s one more photo a little closer in:
Plus I am still eating lots of lettuce and arugula, although they’re both almost finished now. How about you?
The onions are covered with bees all day long:
I’m having baby spinach, chard, and beets for supper tonight. I just finished thinning everything except the arugula. It won’t last long, but I love it when the veggie garden is this neat and tidy!
Click here to see the square foot gardening guidelines I follow, and here to see my planting map.
All the veggie seeds I planted back at the end of April are coming up nicely. This week I’m eating spring salad greens (purchased) with beet thinnings and homemade rhubarb vinaigrette. Yum!
I didn’t have a veggie garden last year because we moved in late 2016. So in fall 2017 we built a raised bed and now I’ve filled it and I’m ready to go. I didn’t get an early start this year so I direct-seeded all the veggies yesterday (everything except the beans, which need warmer soil) according to Square Foot Gardening guidelines.
Here’s what I planted (and this is what my map looked like when I was done):
- It’s now the end of June and I just pulled out all the extra spinach that has bolted in a heat wave over the last week. 2 squares is probably enough to plant in spring. I’ll start another crop in late summer.
Today I filled up the new veggie box, which was built last fall. It was SO GOOD to be outside!
Because I’m sorta cheap and because I had a lot of suitable materials lying around, I filled this box with half kitchen and garden scraps (last fall), and then today added a mix of newly purchased and recycled (previously used) potting soil.
I won’t add any homemade outdoor compost because it won’t be ready yet, but this week I’ll add some worm compost from my basement worm bin. And probably a few worms inadvertently, too. Then I’ll be ready to plant.
By the end of next week-end I plan to have the following seeds planted using the Square Foot Method:
- snow peas
- swiss chard.
P.S. For the record: frost on April 23, …