Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vegetable Garden-Hommage to Edible Estates

We bought our first home almost one year ago to the date and one of the BIG stipulations was that it had a nice flat area for a raised bed veggie garden. Well, we found our home and it had a "flat" yard and many huge mature Oak trees. Which is amazing in the summertime, but if you want a veggie garden with 6+ hours of sun its a little difficult. So after a year of observation we located the only area in our yard that receives exactly 6 hours of direct sun every day. And it happened to be in the front yard close to the sidewalk. Needless to say we put ourselves and the garden in the spotlight. Immediately S and I were reminded of a project by Fritz Haeg called Edible Estates and his project and book empowered us through the not so encouraging comments and odd glances. Especially when people asked "What about your lawn?" and our response "We don't plan to have a traditional lawn." You would've thought we just destroyed the American Dream!
Now a few weeks into our garden we have meet most of our neighbors and received lots of encouragement. Here's a link to the Edible Estates

Start a garden! You can use any old plant container or not...Just make sure you use garden soil (a little manure helps too) Allow for ample drainage and provide your plants with plenty of light! And feel the pride of raising your own herbs, veggies and edible flowers. The rule of thumb is in By Mothers day to make certain you maximize growing time.

I planted: Nasturtium's, Zinnias (for cutting) Arugula, Mesclun, Beets, Onions, Carrots, Summer Squash, Cukes and Tomatoes. More pics and recipe's to come!