2017 Garden Plan

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It’s getting warmer finally, which means that it’s time to start planting!

I really like remembering that April 1 means I can put my seedlings out to start soaking in the sun and growing strong. Last year, we built a small raised bed near the house for all of my plants: tomatoes, onions, carrots, peppers and herbs. Things went well, but I wanted to focus more on tomatoes and peppers this time and experiment with a bigger piece of land.

Luckily, we’ve got plenty of room to experiment on in our backyard, so my husband graciously dug up and tilled our new vegetable garden plot a month or so ago.

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It’s a 12’x12′ spot with lots of loamy, sandy dirt. They say that our house used to be on farmland, so we’re hoping that this lends to really healthy plants!

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We’re converting our old raised bed into a full-on herb garden with:

  • Basil
  • Thyme (from last year)
  • Lavender (hanging on from last year)
  • Dill
  • Cilantro (from seed)
  • Chives
  • Sage (maybe in the future)

I really love giving these beautiful herbs plenty of space to grow. There’s nothing like grabbing fresh herbs to cook with!

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For the veg garden, I’ve got the following growing from seed:

  • Several┬ávarieties of heirloom tomatoes (Cherokee purple, an orange one and some smaller cherries)
  • Super tasty variety of tomatoes from my uncle in KY
  • Sweet peppers
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Eggplant

Here are some good tips on how to grow from seed.

What are you growing this year?

Confessions of a First-Time Gardener

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One of the most memorable things about this summer was starting my first garden.

After many years of just growing herbs outside of apartments, I was excited to literally dig in to my own backyard and begin a garden.

As with any new adventure, there is always so much to learn. And undoubtedly, you probably get better with each passing year and each set of lessons.

For our garden, we decided to do a raised one with a mix of vegetables (heirloom tomatoes, squash, collards, kale, onion, chives and peppers) and herbs (rosemary, lavender, basil and sage).

building a raised bed garden

Jason took care in putting our box together, and I have to say that he has been such a help with the garden. He would get just as excited as I would to see little green shoots emerging from the ground, and he has enjoyed eating the fruits of our labor, too.

Here are a few of the big lessons I’ve learned from being a first-time gardener:

Be patient

Again, this is one of those life lessons that’s always rearing its head and inserting itself into daily situations. I was keenly aware of the patience that gardening requires when you can’t control what will grow, when or how much or little.

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Gardening requires that you do your best to plant seeds in the best of conditions and then wait, and hope and pray. Weather happens, bugs happen and only God controls what comes of your sweat and prayers.

I find it a beautiful picture of the frailty of life in that we ultimately cannot control so much, and yet there’s always beauty and new life to be found.

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