We’ve had some seriously amazing weather this week and every day after work I head out to my garden to water my crops. I love it. I planted seeds a couple of weeks ago and slowly I’m seeing the beginning of my summertime dinners. I know I’ve talked about my yard before but I’d thought I’d give it another shout-out, this time with a focus on what’s in my garden. I believe as far as food goes, it breaks down like this:
- 9 fruit trees (2 apple, 2 pear, 2 cherry, 2 pineapple guava, 1 plum)
- 6 blueberry bushes
- blackberries (neighbor’s yard but I pick them so they count)
- My garden which isn’t fully stocked yet but hopefully will include – beets, spinach, arugula, red/orange/jalapeno peppers, lettuce blend, swiss chard, kale, eggplant, squash, brussels sprouts, and tomatoes
- Herbs – rosemary, lavender, cilantro, mint…and whatever else I decide to plant this year.
Here are some pics I’ve taken recently.
If you don’t have a garden I highly encourage you to start one. Even if you only have a little deck – get a pot and grow some spinach. It’s so easy. And you will be so excited when you actually get to eat what you grow. I don’t know, there’s just something so cool about growing your food yourself. You know exactly where it came from and somehow it just tastes better when you know it was your hard work that got the food to your plate.
If you’re new to gardening, I recommend checking out Sunset. They’re like my garden bible. I also love their Western Garden book of Edibles. And this is a new book they just came out with that I don’t have yet but assuming it’s great – The new Western Garden Book.
I’ll keep you posted throughout the summer as we eat our way through our garden :) I still have time to add things so let me know if you have any must-haves things to plant. Mother’s day weekend is basically the go-to date to get things planted around the pacific northwest so I’m hoping to finalize my backyard crops by Sunday.