A thunderstorm washed through the area last night leaving everything in the garden looking extra lush and green this morning. So much so that I decided this was the day to snap a few photos and share a status update on how things are progressing in the garden.
This is the first year we’ve gardened this plot. It runs about 4o feet long but only 18-24 inches deep on each side of the fence that divides the vegetables from the flowers. These border gardens get full sun most of the day. We decided to start out with a manageable size garden and we’ll add-on annually as desired.
On the exterior of the fence I’m working on a perennial garden. Most of the plants are immature so I’ve been filling in with annuals. I can’t wait to see how the perennial gardens thrive over the years. Perennials gardens have always been my favorite to grow. I am anticipating a cottage style cutting garden out here. The thought of garden flower bouquets all summer long is delightful.
The other side of the fence is where most of the action is happening as the flowers get established. We started this vegetable garden in late March mostly from seed, directly sown. We are now harvesting the early/cool weather vegetables such as lettuce. If you come for dinner I can assure you that there will be a salad.
And the snap peas are just darling. I love their little tendrils and sweet flowers.
We upcycled a trellis out of two crib rails. Ryan just screwed them together making an A-frame. They’ve already grown about 4 feet tall so looks like we’ll need to give them more space to climb. Some snap pea varieties grow up to 8 feet.
The other vegetables include carrots, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, beans and kohlrabi – planted mostly from seed. Plus, we have a galvanized container garden for herbs. I want to make tea with the relevant herb harvest.
The fence is a new addition that we added in the fall. Would you believe we used milk paint on the fence to achieve that subtle light blue?
Yes, you can use milk paint outdoors! It won’t fade from UV light and will be protected when a topcoat of tung oil is applied. We sell tung oil with milk paint for this purpose. The color was custom mixed eulalie’s sky and linen in more of a wash consistency. Then two thin coats were applied on a raw pine fence. Perfect little cottage garden accent, don’t you think?
But the best part of the garden is definitely the bounty it produces. This morning, I harvested my first bunch of kale to enjoy with some locally grown strawberries in a breakfast smoothie. Life can really be that simple.
What are you growing?
4 thoughts on “a walk through the garden”
adorable! i love those trellises!
We have to work on a plot to the left side of our front entrance. I want to add some perennials in there so we don’t have to think about it. I’d love to try vegetables one year but this year I think I might try some herbs. Our neighbor is doing some herbs and peppers and I think he inspired me to just do it. I have a few larger containers I could use. That was quite a storm last night wasn’t it? It sure does make everything so pretty and green.
Perennials really are the way to go. Once they’re established, they’re practically self sufficient year after year. Check out Astilbe. They are one of my favorite and get fuller each year. They have a nice wispy flower too.
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Your garden looks great! Jealous;). I meant to start seeds, but now sticking in those already started plants.