This year Mike built raised beds and purchased high-quality soil and compost, and it has made a tremendous difference in our harvest. We also planted a wide variety of organic vegetable starts and seeds. In addition, Kieran has been engaged and helped to put in a number of the plants and scatter seeds. It's been fun to see how well our plants have done this year. Take a look:
We planted TONS of tomatoes, since that's my favorite garden-fresh vegetable. So far, only the cherry tomatoes are riping...but I see a lot of tomatoes in our future!
The corn "hatching," as Kieran put it...
Lovely lettuce! We won't have to buy lettuce for quite some time at the rate it's growing...
Mint and rosemary contained in a pot between the two raised beds
An eggplant with blossoms
Mike and I laugh about the fact that we've NEVER been able to grow zucchini! Well, this year we did it, at last!
And some nice yellow squash coming in as well...
A little cucumber coming in...
A baby green pepper:
Kieran's scarecrow keeping away the crows?
While I was finishing up the boys' room today, Mike was outside in the glaring heat fixing the back gate. The gate had been falling apart because of rotting wood, and a winter storm really whipped the bejeesus out of it. There was basically nothing left of it. Mike took the scraps and used some new hardware and wood to reinforce the gate. My handy husband! (He was not taught how to do this kind of thing when growing up, so these are wonderful accomplishments for him!)