Wednesday, July 1, 2009

So You Grew a Garden...Now What? Introduction

I am very excited to announce that I am starting a Summer Time Series of posts! The series is called "So you grew a what?" For the past 4 years Jesse and I have grown vegetables in our backyard with varying degrees of success. The common trend is that each year by the time we roll around to August we've run out of steam, both in caring for the garden and finding new ways to use the vegetables which suddenly seem to be coming out of our ears. This year we set out to have the largest and most successful garden yet and this includes finding new and exciting ways to use our harvest. I thought it would be fun to share this experience with my readers. I have at least 10 posts planned including ideas for storing the different vegetables and great new recipes that will each highlight different vegetables from the garden. Part 1 will be posted later tonight!

I'll start with a brief description of our garden. In years past we have had small plots behind our garage and we always seemed to overcrowd our plants. This year we made sure to leave plenty of space for everything to grow and we tilled a very large plot in our side yard. The plot is about 19' x 29'. So it's quite large. Here is what we planted:
  • Tomatoes - 14
  • Peppers - banana, jalapeno, pimento, bell, red chili
  • Cucumbers - 5 or 6
  • Broccoli - 6
  • Summer Squash - 2
  • Zucchini - 1
  • Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Melon - 1 each
  • Corn - ~3 or 4 small close together rows
  • Sunflowers - didn't survive the deer :(
  • Pumpkins and gourds (can't wait for fall!!)
  • Small planters of basil and flat leaf parsley

Now that you have the background I hope you are looking forward to the first official post of the series which will be posted later tonight!


  1. Since I have a garden, too, I'm very interested in your upcoming series!

  2. I'm so jealous!!! Looking forward to hearing about your gardening adventures

  3. I've been thinking about starting a garden! I'm excited to hear how it goes! - Sally-

  4. Let me know ehen the tomatoes are ripe.


  5. Wow, your garden looks amazing! I'm so impressed! Especially by broccoli, which for some reason seems like it would be hard to grow. The recipes all sound good, although I'll have to buy my veggies at the store :(


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