I have been spending a lot of time building my dream garden area. It is far from finished but I wanted to share a full garden tour to document the progress over time and inspire others to give gardening a try.
First Ever Garden Tour
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First Ever Garden Tour: Video
Brick Source (Color: Sierra Blend)
Building a Garden Space I Love
When we bought our farmhouse the only thing that existed in this space was one side of an old stone foundation. In attempt to restore what used to be, I decided to make this space the heart of the garden. Last summer my dad used old windows I found for free on Craigslist to design the green house of my dreams. It is a work in progress but it has come so far! I’ve spent the last two weekends installing a brick walkway, greenhouse floor, and patio.
Brick Source (Color: Sierra Blend)
Building a Garden
I have also been working on building a space to garden. I quickly learned that this area is solid rock, likely from an old stone driveway. Therefore, raised garden beds were my best solution. You can find more about how to make your own affordable raised garden bed HERE.
Raised garden beds were a very practical solution for me but I also love the way they look. They define my garden space and create pathways that make it easy to work in my garden and keep it maintained (once grass eventually grows).
When I learned I would be working from home in March I dug out my collection of seeds (some dating back to 2015) and decided to start some indoors. I’ve started seeds indoors in the past and usually have luck getting them to start but have always struggled to keep them healthy until it was time to transplant. This year I got a few tomato, pepper, and squash plants to survive the transplant. What didn’t make it I replaced with plant starts from a local green house or just direct sowing more seeds into the ground.
These are my baby corn I direct sowed about a week ago. They are looking so good! I also planted some Okra and I’m excited to see how this plant does in our growing zone (6b).
I devoted an entire bed to herbs. Most of the plants are perennials but I filled in blank spaced with basil and onions.
My sweet mint plant has a pot of his own. Mint will quickly take over a space and can be difficult to control. Planting it in a confined space (like a large pot) will prevent headaches later on.
This is a pepper plant I started from a seed I saved from another pepper I grew years ago. I was able to successfully transplant 7 self started peppers and added more from the local greenhouse. To make the most out of this space, I planted radishes and carrots between the rows of peppers.
Here is one of my mini raised beds for my vine-ing squash. Squash (summer squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, ect.) tend to take up a lot of room because their big leafy vines branch out. In order to make the best use out of my raised bed space, I made mini beds just for these vine-ing varieties so they have room to sprawl out.
My tomato beds are a work in progress. I have tried several different tomato support systems and have not yet found one that works best for me. I will keep you updated on what I am trying this year.
Thank you so much for taking a tour of my growing garden with me. Let me know if you would like me to do more garden tours as the season goes on. I think it would be fun to watch the growth over time. You can also find daily updates on Instagram. Good luck with your gardening adventures this summer!