Just like a politician, I’m flip-flopping today! Usually on a Monday you get your Meatless Monday recipe. But two things have happened. First, I just got back in town last night from visiting the East Coast. So I’m totally unprepared for Meatless Monday. Second, I’m part of Northwest Edible Life’s Nosy Neighbor Garden Tour. So I needed to get my garden post up today instead of a Tuesday. Be sure to head over to Northwest Edible Life and check out all the garden posts to grow your garden inspiration! And if you’re visiting from the tour – it’s my first organic garden! Go ahead! MAKE A SUGGESTION! See something I could do better, I’d love your advice!
So sit down and take a look around at how things are growing here in Colorado!
Here is where we started. We dug up this corner and added raised beds:
Now it is this:
I made a mistake with the first bed. I really did believe that filtered light would be ok for a Colorado garden. What? I’m a novice here peeps! I believe people when they give gardening advice! I don’t know what I’ll plant in here next year, particularly in the back corner, but it’s gotta like some shade, which probably means it won’t be a veggie of any sort. And excuse the weeds. One week of my being gone, and they’ve made themselves at home. I feel it’s a bit like showing up to a party with lipstick on my teeth or a bra strap showing.
The next raised bed has been so much fun. I love the beets and carrots. We thought we’d have harvested them all already, so we stuck a cantaloupe and a watermelon plant in the back. Here’s the deal. I now know you can’t just stick a watermelon or cantaloupe in just anywhere. You plan for a watermelon. You plan for a cantaloupe.
I thought I’d enjoy a cutting garden, so I took the smallest bed and added zinnias and sunflowers. I hope to have fresh cut flowers in the Fall, but next year… I won’t have a fresh cut garden. Maybe a few zinnias or sunflowers in the back of a bed – but definitely not a whole bed. Veggies are waaaaaay more fun!
And next year I’ll make more room for my tomatoes! I’m so proud of how well they are doing since I started them from seed when all the naysayers said there wasn’t enough time for tomatoes to be grown from seed in Colorado!
And here is what I had planned for the section of the yard I think of as the fruit garden when I started it this Spring:
As I mentioned previously, I missed the Rhubarb planting season. But, I’m really pleased with how the currants I got from Craig’s List are growing! And remember how I lamented that only 4 of my raspberry canes made it? Well, it turns out 6 have made it! And as you saw up above, I stuck my white pumpkins in one of the raised beds. We’ll get a raised bed made next year, or maybe in the Fall, and I’ll plan for my watermelon and cantaloupe next year! Here is how it is all growing now!
I wasn’t planning on the peonies, but I love them. And they will act as my cut flowers next year instead of a zinnia/sunflower bed.
And that’s how The Greenbacks Gal garden grows! Now I’m off to take the tour of all the other gardens! Won’t you join me?