As most of you know, we’ve only started gardening seriously since last year. Now that we’re entering our 2nd year, we are feeling more confident about this year’s yield. We spent the weekend harvesting our winter vegetables – like kale, beets, spinach, and radishes. We also went to the local nursery and brought home some new baby vegetables to plant. And yes, even I got my hands dirty and did some digging and gardening. I did my best to ignore the worms in the soil, but I couldn’t resist squirming! Of course, Daniel did most of the work to get our garden in shape and ready for the Spring and Summer seasons. We thought it would be nice to share some of the photos I took this weekend of our time in the garden, and a sneak-peak of the many vegetables you’ll see us feature in our cooking!
Since Daniel only likes to plant things that are edible, it's rare that you'll see flowers in our garden. However, when our peach tree starts to bloom, we get to admire the beautiful pink blossoms.
My parents gave us this manzano banana tree a few years ago, and we finally have bananas growing. Look at how many there are! I can't wait to harvest them and use these bananas in more recipes.
We took out about a dozen beets. It's nice to see them in its natural and raw form, compared to the ones we normally eat from the can.
Our dwarf lemon tree finally bears fruit! These are the Meyer lemons which have a sweeter flavor than the common lemons. The skin is also fragrant and perfect for zesting.
At the nursery, we bought some Bibb and Freckled lettuce, more herbs, shallots, 7 kinds of tomatoes, 3 different bell peppers, jalapenos, eggplant, squash, and cucumbers. As the season moves along, we'll go back to the nursery for different kinds of vegetables that are not readily available right now.
After adding some more soil and manure, we planted the different kinds of lettuces that we got at the nursery. It's nice to have a salad blend right in our backyard - convenient and organic!
We decided to plant tomatoes differently this year - in hanging pots. They will grow upside down which will prevent it from getting eaten by bugs and worms in the ground. We also put herbs on the top to maximize the pot. This is our first year trying this method, so we're not sure if this will be successful. Wish us luck!
Chester also enjoyed the nice weather while we were working on the garden. I think he's ready for some different vegetables in his diet, too!