Monday, July 6, 2015

The Crooked Apple Garden Tour 2015

It's a little crazy to me, how close keeping a garden has grown to my heart over the years. I didn't really see it coming. I am kind of a snob about bugs and dirty fingernails, so I don't think those near and dear to me ever would have had me pegged as a gardener.

I feel like I'm still just a newbie at the whole thing - it takes a long time to perfect it, I think, since the growing season is so short where I live. It's not a year-round deal where I'm from, and our actual growing season is even shorter than many areas. The pause button on progress gets hit a lot. But I love that there's more to learn every year, and that each season is so different from the last.

(PS, if you're curious, you can check out details from our garden in 2014 and 2012. I was wondering why I didn't give a tour in 2013, but then I remembered that I was miserably pregnant, and barely got dressed every day that year, haha!)

Planted this year:

♥ 6 Mountain Fresh Tomatoes
♥ 6 Beefsteak Tomatoes
♥ 4 Bell Peppers
♥ 4 Butternut Squash
♥ 16 Corn
♥ 1 Grape Tomato
♥ 1 Orange Cherry Tomato
♥ 1 Black Cherry Tomato
♥ Basil
♥ Parsley
♥ Thyme

Learning from our previous years with a garden, we chose plants that we know we're relatively successful with, and that we will use. We've struggled to have good crops with broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers (though we eat lots of all 3). We'll probably try again with each of those, but with limited garden space, it makes sense to rotate and learn from different plants each year.

I can't WAIT to start eating those garden tomatoes - yum!

Our plants have actually grown considerably since these pictures were taken about a month or so ago (I'm a bit behind on my blogging, haha - Summer does that to me!) The corn stalks are WAY higher than knee-high, and our squash plants are massive and flowering like crazy. I've also planted marigolds all along the perimeter.

Other plants and flowers around the yard have bloomed, and I just love the beauty they bring to our every day play. I photographed most of them, but since these were taken, our tiger lillies have bloomed. I'll have to share those later!

I'll update again soon and share how everything has grown - I can't wait for that phase in August when everything is bursting with color!

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