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Mar 21 2010

Spring is Finally Here and it’s Time to Prep our Garden

Published by at 8:43 pm under Gardening

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!

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “Spring is Finally Here and it’s Time to Prep our Garden”

  1. ravenouscoupleon 21 Mar 2010 at 9:52 pm

    can’t wait to have our own!

  2. Vicky Goon 22 Mar 2010 at 5:02 am

    In the Philippines the “heart” of the banana (the purple part dangling at the end of the bunch) is also cooked as a vegetable. We peel off the outermost layer, shred the inner part & cook that in garlic, onions, a little vinegar. Sometimes we add coconut milk. And of course S&P & a bit of broth.

  3. Debby Poeon 22 Mar 2010 at 6:05 am

    Your garden is going to be wonderful Good luck. I”m curious about the tomatoes too. My squirrels get to mine. Oh, and you dog is adorable.

  4. thefoodaddictson 22 Mar 2010 at 9:27 am

    ravenouscouple – we can’t wait until you guys have a garden either! we’ll get to share our produce!

    vicky – thanks for the tip about the heart of the banana. my parents told me not to cut it off yet until the bananas are ready to harvest.

    debby – thanks! we hope the hanging tomatoes work out, too! oh, and chester says thanks!

  5. Stephanieon 22 Mar 2010 at 9:46 am

    Went to Armstrong Nursery this past weekend and got a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Guess the planting season is upon us in Southern California. The freckled lettuce looks interesting, perhaps I should get some too. I let my mesclun mix go to seed last year and now am harvesting what came up.

  6. thefoodaddictson 22 Mar 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Cool! We usually go to H&H Nursery in Lakewood. I love the mesclun mix. I wanted to get that at the nursery, but they didn’t have it. We should definitely swap vegetables when we harvest later on in the summer!

  7. sweetlifeon 22 Mar 2010 at 4:05 pm

    oh how lovely..love the last pic

    sweetllife

  8. kristyon 23 Mar 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Isn’t it fun to plant our own fruits & veggies! I love to see them fresh… straight from the soil too! And your dog is so so so adorable!

  9. Joudieon 26 Mar 2010 at 12:38 am

    Hey Daniel, i have a little shih tzu exactly like chester. Her name is sparta… :) Your garden looks fab.

  10. Esion 26 Mar 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m so jealous of your garden!!

  11. Bettie@wineablegiftson 01 Apr 2010 at 6:38 am

    We planted our garden a few weeks ago and decided to try a few new plants this year. We are experimenting with soy beans, 3 different color bush beans, butternut squash, and lemon cucumbers in addition to our regular peppers, tomatoes, herbs,eggplant and squash. Hope to share some harvest stories with you later in the summer. Happy Gardening!

  12. Leahon 02 Apr 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I agree with you, Daniel. We seem to have a lot of the same things growing in our gardens (though I’m jealous of your banana tree!). I see your helper (Chester) puts in the same effort as our dogs do.

    I’m curious to see how your tomatoes do…sounds like a brilliant plan to me. I’d try the same approach, but I’m afraid my hanging planters don’t get as much sunlight as needed to grow tomatoes. Please keep us informed on that one.

  13. treeon 25 Apr 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Flowers are actually really beneficial in a garden. They attract bees and butterflies for pollination, and many repel certian garden pests. Mariglds are very beneficial in a garden. You should really look into companion planting.
    My garden is a mix of vegetables and flowers. Many flowers are even edible, like nasturtiums, borage and violets. They add beauty to the garden, as well as attracting all those beneficial insects. Nasturtium is one of my favorites. planted with cucumbers it is said to repel cucumber beetles.
    Plant some basil in with your tomatoes, they are companions and the basil is said to improve the flavor of tomatoes. i love the hanging baskets and am eager to see how they do for you.
    Our peach trees are just now blooming. Beautiful pictures!
    .-= tree´s last blog ..Dragonfly’s Hollow Artist Feature =-.

  14. treeon 26 Apr 2010 at 5:10 am

    Here is a good list of edible flowers, just make sure they are organic, free of pesticides.
    i just can’t imagine a garden without flowers. :)

    http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm
    .-= tree´s last blog ..What’s growing, early harvest. =-.

  15. bodyhackeron 01 May 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Your garden looks fantastic. Especially can’t wait to hear how the bananas taste and look forward to learning some new recipes that include bananas! :-)

    Quick question – do you have any suggestions of some fruits or veggies that one can grow inside or one that would not require allot of space outside? We really want to start to grow our own produce although don’t have the space outdoors therefore need to start small with fruits and veggies that can grow inside or small space outside.

    Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    .-= bodyhacker´s last blog ..What to do if you are at risk of Osteoporosis? =-.

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