We started off by making an enclosure for it, then adding a lot of organic soil to it. Mike even made a little gate from some leftover fencing! The border was just untreated cedar posts that we got from the discount bin at one of the local stores. It's slightly warped, but so are we, so it was perfect!
We wanted to try to start everything from seeds, so I ordered them all from Seeds Now, which carries all organic & non-GMO seeds. Unfortunately, we got a very late start with some of the seeds and had to find some local pepper & tomato plants to purchase. Everything else sprouted up wonderfully, though, and the peppers we started from seed have even taken off!
Two of the bell pepper plants we bought were for their name alone. Who could resist a veggie named revolution?
I also started some celery, green onions, and romaine from kitchen scraps. A few didn't make it but the majority of what I planted is doing great! With the exception of the two you see below, I planted everything directly in the soil.
Here it is in all it's glory! We have three kinds of tomatoes (roma, heirloom, & beefsteak), cucumbers, sugar snap peas, green beans, romaine, celery, green onions, several kinds of hot/semi-hot peppers (fresno, chocolate ghost, habanero, etc.), several kinds of sweet peppers, carrots, and kohlrabi.
It was so exciting when we started to see veggies grow!
Even more exciting was our first harvest of three bell peppers! The pups love sweet peppers, so they got to eat the first one.
Mike's been enjoying the kohlrabi (I only like it cooked). We've also been picking peas & beans almost every day. Most of them don't make it into the house because we eat them while still in the garden, throwing at least half of them to the pups.
Rowan recently started to snub carrots for some reason, but Emma is still enjoying them. We toss one to her and she flies around the yard with it, tossing it in the air and pouncing on it before eating it.
As far as fertilizer, this year we didn't do a thing. The soil we used was just plain organic soil, which we'll be adding more of next year. Plans for the future include starting a compost bin and putting in at least one rain barrel. Stay tuned for more posts about gardening. I plan to post updates about how things are going and other things that we try.
Who else is gardening this year? I'd love to hear what you're growing!