This is my larger bed prepared for spring planting, square foot grid in place
Ruby Red Chard with some encroaching mint and wild edibles
Here is my gardener tip for you: Never, NEVER plant mint directly in your garden, always put it in pots! It spreads by runners underneath the ground, is very hardy and almost impossible to eradicate once in an area you don’t choose!
Carrie @ Pure and Yummy says
Your garden looks great! We built a garden this year and I love being able to grow my own food in my own backyard, Thanks for sharing the square foot gardening method, I will have to look into that for next year.
the garden is amzing you should be very happy with it
I can't even tell you how excited I am about my garden this year. We are lucky to have a big back yard with space for a garden plot, but we also do some container gardening with great success. I have little lettuce shoots poking up and some tomato seedlings that need transferring to the raised bed. YAY!
BTW – this is Carolyn from All Day….having issues with comments on Blogger blogs these days!
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
I used to plant a large raised bed when my kids were younger and we had tomatoes, squash and more squash with some herbs thrown in for good measure. The neighbors tree kept taking up more and more of my garden's sunlight so I haven't been able to use it for sun loving crops for several years but it's enough for herbs and they have become my only crop the past two years.
I tried container gardening for tomatoes but a critter was picking them all off. No…not a deer (but I didn't know what either) until I walked out one day and saw my dog had her front feet on a pot and was eating a green tomato! Little buggar.
So I'm envious for sure of your lovely garden and expect some tomatoes later this summer, OK? 🙂
I've always admired folks who have green fingers and the great weather for growing their own produce. There were some herbs I tried growing and when they start getting overtaken by weeds and aphids …. I get all frustrated and chop them all off. Sigh … I will stand by the sidelines and admire some more 😀
Boulder Locavore says
For Michele, and any other hopeful mint gardeners: Hi Michele! I really don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but will confess, despite knowing better, I put mint in my rocked in raised bed feeling sure I could manage it. Years later I’m still digging it out but even more notable it has traveled the length of our yard, covert and completely concealed underground, to pop up on the other side of the fence in a rocked in area, covered by weed cloth by the street. Do not underestimate the determination of mint! Toni (Boulder Locavore)
Great post! Last summer was the first time I tried to grow my own food and I did it in pots with some organic soil and coconut husk. I loved it! Hopefully I'll get the chance to do it again in the near future.
Lisa @ Tarte du Jour says
Wow, your garden is spectacular! You never cease to amaze me! I've made the big mint mistake before but it actually grew out of my container and onto the ground.
An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wine says
You've provided a wealth of good information as well as abundant encouragement for new gardeners. Tomatoes don't do well outdoors in Alaska due to the temperature and wind.
Perhaps this year I'll try them again, using indoor containers. Now if we could only find the secret work-around for curing dreaded Brown Thumb …