The magic continues this week around the garden. Bits of green peeking out here and there from seeds planted last week, those that were peeking out last week are growing strong and all the beds are now growing something. There are a few empty spaces here and there for a little more seeding of kale, Swiss chard, beets, salad greens and carrots.
The potato beds went in towards the end of last week. We are sticking with the no dig method that we tried last year. It worked like a charm and required very little up keep. Some planter boxes were added to the chicken coop so we could take advantage of the sun in this spot. Strawberries, calendula and parsley are growing in them. The raspberries underneath are doing very well, and I am hoping to add a second row of canes in the next week or so.
The herb garden is doing well, and I have already harvested some comfrey and have it infusing in oil. We have been harvesting and enjoying the nettles at meal time, and some of it has been dehydrated for tea.
Reece was inspired this weekend and asked to do a little work on his garden. Together we weeded it, planted some seeds he had started in the house a few weeks ago, put some green beans in the ground and planted a tomato plant. On Friday we will head to the garden center to pick him up a few eggplant starts. Last week he made a garden stone, and has yet to decide where in his garden it will go.
Some of you have asked exactly what we have planted and have growing around the garden, here goes: Swiss chard, kale, tomatoes, beets, salad greens, carrots, strawberries, raspberries, green and yellow beans, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, pumpkins and garlic. In the herb garden we have: lemon balm, motherwort, comfrey, beragmot, echinacea, St. John's wort, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, nettles, calendula, allheal, catnip and yarrow. We also have culinary herbs growing as well: basil, sage, parsley, rosemary, dill, orgegano and chives.
The herbs all came from Richters Herbs, a lovely herb greenhouse not far from where we live. The seeds for most of our vegetables are heirloom seeds from The Cottage Gardener, also pretty close to where we live. And sometimes I pick up packets of seeds here and there at different garden centers, you can never have too many seeds, right?
It feels good to be at the point we are at now, just a little more planting to be done, and then moving onto the tend and nurture stage, as Meghann put it yesterday. Tend and nurture, I like that part, and the other part I like is the eating part, which will be happening a little more with each passing day.
How are things around your garden?