raised-beds

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
Eggplant
Red, Yellow, and Green Bell peppers
Hot Peppers: Serrano, Pablano, Red Jalapeno
Squash: Zucchini, Yellow summer
cucumber: regular, lemon
Strawberries
Apples
Citrus: Meyer Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Bearss Lime
Lettuce: Arugula, Mixed Baby Greens, Spinach, Swiss Chard
Rhubarb
Roots: Garlic, Potatoes, Fennel, Onions, Leeks, Green Onions
Herbs: Lavender, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Mint, Marjoram, Garlic Chives, Dill, Italian Parsley, Oregano, Tarragon, Cilantro, Sage
Marigolds
Roses

…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.

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