One of the things that Chris and I both really like about the new house, is that it has a good space for a big vegetable garden. We’re at the stage where we’re trying to balance pre-season enthusiasm with the realization of how much labor it can be as things get big.
The big tomato plants are Better Boy that my Dad planted from seed; we have been babying them since Christmas. They sit on the kitchen counter under a high-output full-spectrum light when it’s too cold outside, and they go outside on any sunny day. They’re almost five inches tall now.
The little seedlings are half peppers, half tomatoes. The tomatoes are a “heritage cherry tomato mix.” The peppers are from a beautiful big orange Holland Bell pepper that we both liked from the grocery store. We will probably get a grape tomato or two – Chris and I both love those. We’re planning on some spaghetti and zucchini squash, rainbow chard, bush and pole beans, beets, onions… and something I’m sure I’m forgetting. And lots of herbs in the holes of the cinder blocks.
The garden will be in these raised beds. They’re roughly three by nine, and we’re going to lay them out square-foot gardening style. You can’t really tell from this photo, but they’re already about two-thirds full with a good sandy loam; we’ll top up with peat, vermiculite, and compost. Back in the corner there, is where my BEES are gonna go!