Our kitchen garden (a-work-in-progress)

9 02 2011

I have been promising Jeanne from A Peaceful Day some photos of our under-construction kitchen garden. Her occasional posts about her kitchen garden had me dreaming wistfully about bountiful produce (and, of course, about it growing so successfully that I could distribute armfuls to all the neighbours).

I have a history of killing vegetable gardens. In particular—tomatoes. And especially in particular—tomatoes which carry a label saying ‘easy for children to grow.’ Then about 18 months ago (I think) I heard about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program and it whet my appetite. And, well,  I was envious of Jeanne’s garden photos and I wanted what she had going.

And so we started ripping up the grass and putting in some raised garden beds. It’s still very much a work-in-progress but a work-in-progress that we are enjoying. We’ve eaten tomatoes, parsley, basil, thyme, strawberries (only about 3 strawbs actually, but STILL!), burpless cucumbers and beetroot. And last night we ate our first butternut pumpkin. Delish.

Here are some pics.

"The yard before"



"Garden Beds go in"
Garden beds go in
"Planting Corn"
“Planting corn”
"The pumpkin not staying put"
The pumpkin not staying put
"Look! An actual pumpkin!"
Look! An actual pumpkin!
"First crop of spuds"
First crop of spuds


Confession: I did manage to kill the corn. But everything else survived my tending. And it all tastes wonderful. Next step—attracting more bees.

Do you grow your own fruit and veg?




5 responses

10 02 2011

I know your secret! Your plan is to make me envious and you succeeded!

We have huge gum trees next door that are robbing all our sunlight. Not good for vegetable growing. I have chives, marjoram, oregano, sage, thyme, some very straggly tiny tomatoes, self-seeding lettuce that comes up each year but fails to thrive in so little sun, and that’s about it. The herbs are okay because they grow in pockets, not the vegetable garden.

Every so often I think about planting into milk crates on wheels. Or digging up the driveway and front lawn. But then inertia rears its ugly head.

10 02 2011

I have tried growing tomatoes in just about every part of our garden, front and back. And this is the ONLY place that they get enough sun. We live on a south-facing block and down a slope, so there’s lots of shade in most parts of our garden. Your herb pockets sound fantastic though. We’ve only done parsley, thyme and basil this year. Oh, and choc mint! But I’d like to branch out and try growing a wider variety.

19 02 2011

Your garden looks FABULOUS – there is something so rewarding, getting down to the grass roots level of plucking and picking your own veggies and fruit. We have one little patch and it rewards us all year around with great stuff. Sorry about your tomatoes – we had a BUMPER crop last year from 4 plants and this year decided to whittle it down to one plant – the thing died on us – so we are without any plump little red babies this year grrrrrr. With my herbs I freeze them to use in soups, casseroles etc during the winter months – so always have a supply on hand! Well done – looks great! M

1 03 2011

Thanks, Mandy. Actually, it’s not looking quite so fabulous now. Perth had a heatwave and the only thing that’s survived is the butternut squash plant. We ate the first pumpkin roasted and it was delish. 🙂

19 02 2011

P.S The butternut is massive – make great butternut soup!

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