Saturday, July 5, 2008

How Does My Garden Grow?

Insanely. It grows like it's living in a greenhouse, which for all the rain and heat here lately, it has been.

I've trialled Square-Foot-Gardening this year. I have a raised bed that is four feet by eight, and I have built a square-foot lattice to separate each foot from the next, then planted a different veggie or herb in each space. Thus, for a garden this size...

...I have a potential of 32 different plants. I have less than that, since I have zucchini and you really need to give it room to grow, and I have doubled up on some herbs. That being said, I'm still growing three types of mesclun mix, two types of basil, two types of tomatoes, two types of peppers, dill, cilantro, chives, thyme, oregano, beets, peas, beans, kale, Swiss chard, rapini, carrots, spinach and radishes in this one fairly small garden. It's bursting with life!

I've had several dinners out of the garden already, and they taste so good.

The other raised bed is strawberries... mostly the small, ever-bearing and tasty Alpine strawberry, but I also have some climbing strawberries as well. Most of those were ruined by mould... it been so damned wet here lately.

My flowers are lovely this year, too.




These colours are so vivid I'm a little surprised my camera didn't start to sizzle as the pictures were taken!


velda said...

I'm so envious of your green thumb! Gorgeous.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

My garden is going great guns. It almost makes up for the humidity.....notice I said almost.

Lisa said...

I swear the gardens in this city all look like they're on steroids - great photos!