A few weeks back, I introduced you all to my 2014 yard and garden. But that post got cut short . . . because it was so long! So many pictures and I didn’t even get to my front yard. So here it is! The rest of the tour, over around the front of the house. Here’s what’s been going on . . .
All through the fall I grew hardy greens – kale, chard, and collards – in wine boxes on my front porch. Every morning I harvested leaves for our green smoothies, that perfect trio of kale, chard, and collards. They’re pretty much gone by now, but oh, they were good while they lasted!
And as the season warmed up, I began adding other vegetables to my yard. I’ve got quite the collection of wine box squashes and melons:
Last year I grew a few jalapeño plants, and they provided plenty of fruit for my preservation fun. So this year, I thought I’d do the same. I purchased a single pepper plant:
Which was fun, buuuuut . . . one pepper plant just isn’t enough! One night, way too late, I started reading about pepper preservation: homemade chili flakes, homemade hot sauce, and on and on. And, well, it was all over.
A wine box pepper garden! I’m growing jalapeños, poblanos (to make anchos – for enchilada sauce!), tabasco chilis, and a single Hungarian purple pepper for my sweetheart. I can’t wait to harvest these babies!
And in other news, I’m growing herbs. LOTS of herbs:
A few of my herbs – oregano, marjoram, cilantro, and mint. I’m also growing parsley, savory, stevia, rosemary, thyme, and this:
Homegrown lemongrass! I’ve had some trouble keeping this plant happy, but I’m really excited to finally use it in my cooking this summer.
I’m also growing some flowers out in the front, and they’re juuuust starting to bloom. I love a bud just before it opens – cinched up tight and full of potential, unable to hide the hint of color that’s just about to burst forth. I love the blooms, but the buds . . . the sweet promise carried in those buds . . . that might be my favorite part of all.
Let’s see, what else? I’m growing a second round of tomatoes out front! They’re so cute when they’re small.
And finally, the most exciting prospective project in my own yard and garden. These two:
These may look unassuming, but they are anything but. They are, in fact, the pièce de résistance in my 2014 garden. And you’ll just have to wait to see if they turn out . . . just like I will.
So now it’s your turn!
What are you growing, and how’s it going? Please share, and if you can, link to your garden updates and photos. We’re all dying to see!! (well, at least I know I am)
Happy gardening everyone!