Monday, April 6, 2009

The Edible Garden

Every year I marvel at the plethora of beautiful and delicious plants flourishing around me all spring and summer, and well, I finally decided to take the plunge. I figured we'd all benefit from the harvest and it would make a wonderful science project for Gianna. She and I are learning this together. Since this is our first year planting anything edible other than herbs, I decided we should start with simple lettuces and tomatoes. Ours had to be planted in containers due to the lack of yard space, but oh do I dream of a huge bed of backyard veggies one day!

We planted a variety of mescluns. This is tatsoi.

Sungold tomatoes, my favorite of all. We purchased these plants already started (I was late in getting my act together), and they're just beginning to flower. We'll cage them this week. If you've never tasted a Sungold, you must. They're candy on a vine!

I'm so excited. First attempts at anything are intimidating however, so if you have any advice I'll graciously accept!

10 comments:

turtlemama said...

No advice, but if this venture turns out anything like your sewing, you'll have a bountiful feast in no time!

Cheryl M. said...

Looks like you and Gianna are doing a super job - that lettuce is beautiful and so are the tomats..:)

Anonymous said...

I thought I remembered you having lots of edibles in your garden-I know you had grapes at one point and maybe peaches??
Theresa

jordin said...

I just thought i would suggest this:
http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=51544&cat=2,51603&ap=1

If you dont have much space, maybe hanging your tomatoes would work. I plan on buying them this year because i wasnt able to harvest all my tomatoes last year because there were so many that they got lost under the leaves.

This company has NEVER steered me wrong!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful Kristen! There is nothing better than a sun warmed tomato.

Lerin said...

Good luck! We're doing gardening next year as part of Madeleine Sophie's schooling too! :)

Anonymous said...

How about a beautiful stawberry pot?

Kate

Mary said...

We planted for the first time last year and it was a huge success. I had som many zuccinni I hade to get very creative with them by August. I wish you the best. Your plants look like they are doing very well. I can't wait to get started May 1 here. Happy Gardening!

stephanie said...

The University of Illinois Extension has a cute - and very helpful - site called "My First Garden" I'll try to leave the link:

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/firstgarden/index.html

Have fun!

Meredith said...

Fun!! Enjoy :)