I am the most excited about this year’s garden and now that most of it is planted, I feel like I can share it with you!
This year I started my planting from the outside in. Not sure why, but that’s just how it ended up. On the North end of the garden (up against our fence) I planted a row of lettuce mix seeds. I put these in the ground a little late, but they seem to be budding just fine!
Next to that I have my pea plants. I did pole beans and peas my first year and they EXPLODED with growth and beans, but died very early in the season. This time I am trying a bush pea. They are cute little buds at the moment.
My next row makes me feel lazy. I bought two types of bean plants for this row. A green bean and a yellow wax bean. I was worried it was too late to grow them by seed. (It probably wasn’t, but oh well)
My next section (it’s not really a row) is my squash/watermelon section. I have two squash, two zucchini and will have two small watermelon plants in this section. (I’m letting the plants grow a little more before I plant them) It takes up a good part of the garden, but I am probably most excited about this! I have never grow watermelons before!
(Literally, there is a blank space in my garden in the middle. It is just waiting for my creative muse to take over)
Next I have my okra. It is fun to grow Okra in Texas because it is SO EASY and grows very fast. It is also a very high yielding plant.
My kids (and myself included) are very excited about the next row, STRAWBERRIES! This is the first year I have grown strawberries and we already have 8 or more strawberries growing!
My next row is peppers. I love to have a good variety of peppers. This year I have a green pepper, a red pepper, a Serrano pepper, an Anaheim pepper and a jalapeno pepper.
The last row in the garden is my beloved tomato plants. These are my favorite because there are very few things in this world that are better than a tomato fresh from the garden. This year I am trying a new type called a Lemon Drop. It is a yellow-green tie-dye colored tomato. I also have Roma, Sweet 100, Cherry and Yellow Pear (which is my favorite).
I am hoping to add a little more in the middle of my garden, but not sure what to plant yet. I really hope my garden does well this year. It is a lot of hard work, but it is definitely a labor of love (plus everything tastes better right out of the garden)
I also have my first ever herb garden! I have spearmint, peppermint, oregano (all in containers) parsley, basil, cilantro, sage, thyme, lavender, lemon verbena, and lemongrass. I am hoping to be able to not only use them for cooking, but use them in some of my homemade products!