This is my kitchen garden looks like today. I heard an inspirational talk on kitchen gardens last fall and was inspired to put more thought into planning and planting my garden this year. I’m very happy with the results. The photo below is what my garden looked like on May 3, when most of plants were planted. Isn’t it amazing what can happen in just a few short months?
I have been wanting to create an herb wheel like this for several years, thanks to a post I saw on Pinterest and my love for fresh herbs. I absolutely adore how it turned out.
My step-mom gave me these awesome fence panels, which work great for growing peas (and add that artsy element that I love so much).
My garden on June 11, 2016. I created diagonal rows in one section of the garden for visual interest and bordered with yellow marigolds.
Even the cucumber trellises add a design element to the garden.
I’ve been happily surprised by how much Brooke loves being in the garden with me. Some of her early spoken words have been garden, flower, shovel, and water. She loves to pull weeds (ans sometimes a few flowers or veggies get pulled too), dig in the dirt and water plants. My baby knows how to make her momma happy.
Brooke helped me pick this cauliflower head. Once I’d taken this picture I handed her the cauliflower head to inspect. She said, “Flower mam” and then promptly took a bite out of it. Love these little moments in the garden with her.
My first tomato of the season, one called Nyagous, harvested July 4th.
My cabbages are so pretty that I think I will have a hard time harvesting them when it’s time.
Peach Sorbet Blueberries we are growing in pots. Brooke eats these just as fast as they ripen. Picking berries (raspberry, strawberry or blueberries) has become one of her favorite activities.
This year I planted a different variety of basil called African Blue. I absolutely adore this plant. The flavor of the basil is great. It is a larger bushier plant than some varieties I’ve grown and the taste of the basil doesn’t seem to be affected by letting the plant flower. The pretty purple flowers make this a great plant too!
I love my lemon gem marigold and alaska mix nasturium blooms in the garden this year, they are so pretty and put an instant smile on my face.
I added a vintage garden chair that I found at a local flea market. I have really enjoyed having a place to sit in the garden and admire the beauty around me. I’ve taken way more time to admire my garden this year because of this chair.
This gate came from my dads old garden, it is still need of a few repairs but it’s up and I love the creative and artsy element it add to my garden.
My garden on July 9, 2016. I love how beautiful yet productive this space is this year. It makes me so happy and content to know that I’m growing such beautiful yet tasty veggies while creating a space that my family and I can enjoy too.
Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor this week.