Garden Gets 8 New Boxes
As we began planning and planting the garden this spring, we quickly realized we had maximized all of our growing space and needed more. Our garden has expanded a bit every year since we first broke ground four years ago, but now we knew a significant expansion was needed. So, we took a few measurements, cleared a little brush, and we were able to add eight new boxes to our plot of land. We now have 28 boxes, in addition to the herb garden that is 12’x36’!
First Radish of the Season
In addition to being able to provide a greater variety of produce, the expansion will also enable us to stagger the starting time on some of our plantings. For example, four beds will be utilized for lettuces, but we will plant the seeds in each box one week apart. We can then harvest fresh lettuces every week and as we clear one box, it can be planted again. This process will ensure a consistent supply of fresh lettuces for our guests all season long. We will do this with our beans, radishes, and peas as well.
Garden Peas are Climbing
I have included some photos of our new boxes as well as a picture of the first radish of 2012. Our peas are doing well and they are beginning to cling and climb up the support that is provided for them. We have thinned out the lettuces to give each plant a little more room to grow and they will be ready to pick any day now! All of our spring herbs are thriving with the sunny days and cool nights that we have had over the last week or two. Follow our blog as we track the progress of our “growing” garden.