When I was a little girl, my Grandma had a huge vegetable garden. I can remember playing hide and seek with my cousins in the corn. My Mom and Dad also had a good sized garden, and I can remember my Dad rototilling it in the spring, and them working the whole long weekend in May to plant it. My veggie patch is much more modest, but it’s just right for me.
The first summer we lived in this house, we chose the spot, dug up the sod, and made our little cobblestone paths. I wanted a place to grow herbs, and tomatoes and few other things, but I wanted it to be pretty too, so I always add in a few flowers.
This year was such a long and cold winter, and the veggie patch grew a kind of weird moss that I’d never seen in it before. Before we planted we removed it all, and then amended the soil with a few bags of sheep manure. We cleared out the weeds, and most of the overgrown thyme too, that was taking over the pathways, and spread out some of the extra dirt I’d dumped there from pots in the fall.
Then it was time to plant. We planted some lettuce, carrot, and pea seeds. The girls love to pick the carrots and peas from the garden and eat them outside while they play later in the summer. We also planted some seedlings of broccoli, and cauliflower, and tomatoes. The cauliflower is a first try, so we’ll see how it goes. I put in a package of snap dragon seeds, and zinnias too. They’re always so pretty by August.
I was most excited to plant an asparagus patch this year. It’s a perennial vegetable, so each spring you pick off the tops, but it comes back year after year. They recommend not picking for the first three years or so, to let it get established, but then it will grow for at least twenty! An exciting investment in the future…if it grows. So far there’s no sign of it -just a few weeds popping up. Let’s hope it’s just a slow starter. I’ll keep you posted.
The seeds were all planted on the long weekend, and are starting to come up now. We might have some lettuce soon. Of course what I really love are the tomatoes…but I can wait for them. I don’t want to wish away my summer.
There’s still time to plant a few if you haven’t done it yet, and dream of homemade salsa and bruschetta in the months to come. It really doesn’t take too much space or effort to plant a few veggies and enjoy them all summer. With my own pretty, little veggie garden, life really is a party! Happy gardening.