There is something magical about gardening.  We are able to work hard, be creative, and see the literal fruit of our labors grow before our impatient little eyes.  Less than a year ago, my husband and I purchased a home in Northern California.  We immediately began remodeling, but only the inside.  Now that we’ve had a few months break, a couple of holidays, and some sleep, we’re starting work in the yard. I had this fresh canvas of space, and all that needed to be done was to set out a plan (and then do a ton of work).  Thanks to my very handy husband, I already have 4 raised beds in the back right corner of my backyard.  We wanted to make sure that we had a good amount of entertaining room, without loosing the ability to grow a lot of our own produce and herbs.  With the help of a few books, we were able to come up with a design we both agreed upon.  So, here’s what we plan on planting:

Tomatoes: Roma, Heirloom, cherry, yellow pear
Blue Lake Beans
Red, Yellow, and Green Bell peppers
Hot Peppers: Serrano, Pablano, Red Jalapeno
Squash: Zucchini, Yellow summer
cucumber: regular, lemon
Citrus: Meyer Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Bearss Lime
Lettuce: Arugula, Mixed Baby Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard
Roots: Garlic, Potatoes, Fennel, Onions, Leeks, Green Onions
Herbs: Lavender, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Mint, Marjoram, Garlic Chives, Dill, Italian Parsley, Oregano, Tarragon, Cilantro, Sage

…and a variety of other edible and non edible items.  So far only the raised beds are planted (and only about 75% full).  I’ll keep you updated on how it goes— I’m a total novice when it comes to this whole vegetable gardening thing, but am really excited about it.