5.05.2017

2017 Garden {Week One}

Last weekend, we planted our 2017 Garden! 
I always try and get my garden planted by the end of April/beginning of May.
Kevin grew up with a garden in their backyard & so did I.
We LOVE homegrown veggies. 
They taste amazing...there is nothing like picking veggies straight from your backyard!
I get so excited in April when it is time to start thinking about our garden.
I carefully plan out what I am planting in each garden box (that Kevin built for me 6 years ago!)
My kids love having a garden also.
Luke loves helping Kevin dig up all the dirt & the girls love helping me plant it, water it & pick the veggies.
Here is our 2017 Garden:
 Each year, we get some new dirt for our boxes & Kevin mixes in the new dirt with the old dirt.
This year we added 3 bags of new dirt to each garden box. 
The kind of dirt we added in this year is called Lum Fertilizer Garden Soil.
Ask for it at your local nursery....it is STINKY. But it is good soil.

Garden Box #1: 
I make a plan for each of the 3 Garden boxes that we have.
My very favorite thing to grow is tomatoes, so I plant a lot of those!
I dedicate one Garden box to Early Girl Tomatoes.
 These tomatoes are perfect for sandwiches, caprese salad, etc. YUM!
I planted 5 Early Girl tomatoes in this box.
 When planting tomatoes, use wire cages and make sure you space out your planting! 
These will get pretty big and you want to make sure they are spaced out so that they aren't too crowded. They love full sun in the afternoon.
 
Garden Box #2
Usually for this garden box I plant 3 or 4 different varieties of cherry tomatoes and I also plant my zucchini & squash in this box. Last year I changed things up so I decided to dedicate this box to just cherry tomatoes and it worked out GREAT! 
Here are the 5 types of tomatoes that went in this box...
Super Sweet 100:
Yellow Pear:
 
Sun Sugar:
 
Sun Gold:
 
Heirloom Grape tomato (I've never planted this type before...wish me luck):
 All of these are perfect for salads & for snacking.
In the summer afternoon/evening, the kids and I will go out to the garden with a container of hummus and pick cherry tomatoes off the vine and eat them with (or without) the hummus.
My kids LOVE them.
 
 Garden Box #3
This is the box where I plant my herbs, onions, lettuce, squash & zucchini:
 You can see in the left hand corner, my Rosemary is still going strong from last year!
I also have basil:
 
 Oregano:
 Cilantro:
 Green Onions:
 This year I also planted 2 artichoke plants for the first time!
 A few heads of lettuce:
 
 Yellow Squash:
 And, Zucchini:
 I love growing zucchini because they grow a ton & I have several recipes that use zucchini!
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins:
Blueberry Zucchini Bread:

I also love making zoodles!! I have THIS veggie spiralizer & it's awesome.
I love this Chicken & Shrimp Pad Thai with zoodles 
I love being able to cook & bake with things I grew in my garden! :)
 
 Last year we skipped growing watermelon, pumpkins & cucumbers because we were in such a terrible California drought. The drought has been lifted for us thanks to all the rain & snow we got this winter. 
I planted 2 different types of pumpkinin the back of our garden (not in a planter box because it is a vine and grows out of control!!!)
I did regular pumpkins....
 And the larger "Jack O Lantern" variety:
 
I also planted a cantaloupe:
 And a watermelon:
I planted the pumpkins, cantelope and watermelon around the perimeter of the garden boxes and had them very spread out because they grow on vines and take up a lot of space as they get growing!

Another view of the 2017 Garden:
 
Here are my gardening tips in case you have a backyard garden:
1. Plant your garden in a place in your yard that gets a lot of afternoon sun. 
We use a raised garden boxes that Kevin built. 
They are 4x8 and made with redwood. This is our 7th summer having them. I love them!
2. Make sure you water your plants 3 times a week during mild weather and every other day during a heat wave. Water directly on the base of the plant with a trickle, so that the water goes straight to the roots.
3. Get new dirt each year, more specifically one for gardens. 
We usually get a Lum Garden Mix from our local nursery. Or you can add I also add an organic compost/fertilizer.
4.  Block your garden off with a fence (or barricade) if you have a pet who likes to ruin your garden. 
A couple years ago, our yellow lab dug up half our garden within 24 hours of planting it & I had to go back & by new plants the next day!
5. If you are planting Tomatoes, you MUST get this: 

Get it HERE
It's my 7th year using it and my tomatoes are usually out of control! 
Do you have a Backyard Garden? What is your favorite thing to grow?
Let me know if you have any other garden questions or tips...... gardening is one of my very favorite hobbies! 
 
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 Have a GREAT weekend!
 

8 comments:

  1. I need to grow my own cilantro and green onions- we go through so many. Every year you post about this and it makes me excited, but I have yet to follow through on the execution! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh this was a great post with tons of tips. Thanks!

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  3. So neat!!!

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  4. Your garden posts are my absolute favorite!

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  5. I love this post! We've been thinking of starting a garden in our backyard, and this gave me so much inspiration. Thanks for the tips! :)

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  6. You always inspire me with your garden posts. I hope your garden is successful this year. My family lives in Sacramento and the Chico area and I know they are so relieved to be done with the drought.

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  7. Can't wait to watch your garden grow! We've got some of our seeds started and have been working on getting the garden plot ready. Still frost in the mornings here in Michigan so we've got another month or so before we can get things planted outside.

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