I have a small yard. I think our lot square footage is somewhere in the neighborhood of eight thousand square feet. Which is less than a quarter acre.
In that small lot I have a far smaller space with optimum sunshine. I actually don’t have any place with optimum sunshine but it gets close enough so I can do a fair amount of vegetable gardening. And then I have a bunch more places without the possibility of gardening vegetables but that can grow so many other things.
So this year I’m trying to find ways to use my whole space up to its full potential.
Last fall my dad came over to help me clear out some bushes and a small tree on my back fence and then he sowed a bunch of his cover crop turnips to get the soil nice so I could use that space as a garden bed. It’s exciting. I’m stoked but since that space spans the little stretch between my two heavily populated (with squirrels) trees I knew that I’d have to establish protection as soon as I planted anything there. So I put beets, radishes, turnips and carrots and then put this up.
Forgive the slightly uneven hoops. It was my first time converting 9 gauge wire into hoops with naught but a wire cutter, my two hands and also two toddler helpers. I bought the frost cloth, or floating row cover from Burpee because they gave me free shipping on my first order. I’m sure you can get it at any supply place.
Beneath the row cover are all my pretty little babies.
This is my biggest vegetable bed and I get really excited thinking about what I can do with it. Today I planted a row of green beans in there, just hoping no cool weather returns. If it does, at least I have the cover over it!
The rest of my vegetable garden is all baby baby.
I saved seeds last year from my pac choy, napa cabbage, arugula and planted them a bit ago. They’re coming up nicely! My calendula reseeded! You can maybe see the little sprouting plants if you have a keen eye. It’s exciting because I also saved seeds from that plant ( as well as from my marigolds and nasturtiums) so I was able to use those seeds elsewhere.
This is my entire veggie garden aside from the back covered bed.
Right now I’m just eating herbs and greens (mostly just lettuce at this point). We have had almost no rain for quite some time so I’ve been using my rain barrel water to keep my seedlings hydrated. It’s still over half full and rain is expected early next week so hopefully that happens!
I had my first harvest last week.
Since then I’ve harvested a lot more herbs. I’m drying some parsley, sage and thyme at the moment! And also some more greens. I can’t wait for all my baby greens to grow just a bit bigger. I’m guess in a week or two I’ll be able to get daily salads from my garden.
I have some very super adorable and incredibly cute children out with me always.
This stage of motherhood has been really special. I don’t have an infant. My hardest child, Eli, has developed SO much with special ed preschool and iron (which has him sleeping really well). Avery is a HUGE help all the time. Ida is amazing. She wants to be able to do everything with me.
She also is generally the happiest thing ever. So sometimes I turn around and just find her happily reading a book on a chair next to the climbing tree or next to a blooming pac choy from last fall, picking away and feeling so proud of herself.
Last year I couldn’t have imagined how wonderful having this little garden companion would be. She has really been the most unexpected joy I’ve ever experienced.
I’m looking forward to summer break and lots more of this.
So what’s cooking in your garden!? If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. Do it. The benefits are uncountable.