Monday, May 14, 2012
Hi all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day. We had beautiful weather which allowed my family to partake in our annual Mother’s Day tradition - planting our garden.
Saturday typically involves basic clean up, readying the soil for planting and purchasing various vegetables, herbs and other plants. Sunday is planting day!
With the arrival of an early spring, we had already brought out the garden furniture and spruced up the fire pit area and back and side patios.
Over the years, our garden has evolved from haphazard to a bit more structured and symmetrical. We have figured out what type of plants work best and what simply will not do well in the shortened growing season here in the northeast.
Tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers seem to thrive and have become a standard. Each year we try something new and this year’s “experiments” are eggplant and cantaloupe. We also added peppermint to the herb selection. I have been told mint can be quite invasive so it was planted in a separate container to keep it from overtaking the entire garden bed.
As you can see from the pictures, the garden looks a bit sparse as the plants are just getting started. Hopefully within a few weeks everything will have taken off and the garden will be lush and green. I will be sure to post pictures later in the summer.
Oh – in case you were wondering about the “tom junior” sign in the mint pot. Years ago my kids decided to name all the plants in the garden. (I am guessing this one used to be for a tomato.) We have kept the signs and truly get a kick out of ourselves every year as we again use them to name our plants! Silly I know but lots of fun too.