Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Garden

Most of our garden is new this year. Last year we planted 2 5'x5' raised beds with veggies and some blueberries, but Jasper ate all the blueberries so we pretty much started from scratch this year. Our 5x5 beds are in use once again, but we expanded to a few other areas in our yard (that are now all fully fenced and safe from Jasper!).

We have a pretty small lot (.2 acre) so we don't have a whole lot of space to work with, but here is what we have planted so far in our "permanent landscaping": hardy kiwis (2 females, 1 male), grapes (4), blueberries (10 or so?), red raspberries, black raspberries (we have 1 shoot that survived a Jasper massacre that we are currently nursing back to health), blackberries, elderberries (2), lots of strawberries, cherry bushes (3), wintergreen (ground cover), 2 semi-dwarf apple trees (Fuji and Honeycrisp), a semi-dwarf Cherry tree (Stella), a dwarf peach tree, a dwarf "fruit cocktail" tree (nectarines, peaches, plums, and apricots), and a dwarf 5-in-1 pear tree.

Our 5x5 beds, along with a couple of new beds and some containers, are reserved for the "non-permanent" items (mainly just tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, watermelon, and pumpkin - which won't be for eating due to John's pumpkin seed allergy...but we're hoping to have a few pumpkins for the boys to carve for Halloween!). Eventually we'd like to expand our permanent items to all but the 5x5 beds and some containers. The boys love berries more than anything else (they have blueberries seriously every.single.morning with their oatmeal/granola/5 grain cereal, but they will take pretty much any other berry as an acceptable substitute!), so it makes sense to grow more of those (especially since we have an extra freezer!).

Here are a few of my favorites...these were all planted in Spring (late May or so).

Our biggest grape!

A kiwi (pretty sure this one is a female)

The red raspberry "patch" - these started off as 3 little shoots that we planted in May and they seem to be doing really well! We've been getting a couple of berries, and there are a LOT more berries (and new shoots) in the works!

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