I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted about our garden! Since April, we've finally added, filled, and planted the third bed! We've even been harvesting little bits here and there! So lets get down to specifics on what we've been adding to our garden!
The first bed is doing spectacularly! The lettuce, kale, collards, fennel, carrots, and golden beets are taking off. The only thing that seems to be slacking a bit is the mache - I'm not sure how long it will last. You'll notice in the photo that we've also added soaker hoses to the bed. Lesson for next year: place the soaker hoses before planting. It's rather a pain to try and navigate it around already established plants.
Our middle bed has seen a bunch of changes in the last month too! The romanesco broccoli is doing well and we're seeing sprouts of Thai basil, cinnamon basil, Echinacea, and New Zealand spinach. Even bigger news; we've added a number of starters that we picked up at the Seattle Tilth edible plant sale.
We've added another pickling cucumber, two beefsteak tomatoes, an early girl tomato, a sun sugar tomato, a fish pepper, a jalapeno pepper, an eggplant, epozote, and a delicata squash. (Also - aren't the cages we picked up at Home Depot fun? They happen to be our wedding colors!)
I guess the third bed is all new to you all here. The basic make up is two rhubarb, two artichoke, melon, a cinderella pumpkin, some borage, and a couple of collard greens that I moved from bed number one. We did plant seeds for a sugar pie pumpkin, but it has yet to sprout - so we will likely end up picking up a starter.
Two weekends ago we took the time to spruce up our back patio and add a couple plants to the bench my husband built for us last year. The Meyer Lemon, on the left is going on 2 years with us now and it's first lemon is currently ripening. We added the kumquat tree, a coffee plant, and a a big pot of greens.
We've also started the process of removing the rest of our lawn, which eventually will be replaced with wood chips. We're currently going with the thick black plastic approach to kill it all off - but it's certainly not a speedy process.
Have you ever removed some or all of a lawn? How did you do it?