By June 2010 we had added five raised beds.
The garden looks so empty in that photo. Today it looks like this.
I think we've quadrupled the amount of space since those first beds. Several more raised beds were added for strawberries and to provide a base for trellising. As well a number of beds were dug in the ground.
That first year I tried to cram carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, beets, radishes, and spinach all into those boxes. It was a tight fit.
Today the list of vegetables is much longer and I'm no longer trying to force vegetables into tiny squares of earth. Breathing space has been acquired. This year's planting list included 8 varieties of tomatoes, beans, lettuce, zucchini, turnip, beets, carrots, radish, cucumber, spinach, onions, garlic, cilantro, oregano, chives, parsley, dill and peas.
|Tomatoes got an extra large bed this year |
with plenty of space to spread out.
|This raised bed is packed full of strawberries but will it be enough?|
One idea I used right away was to start planting cool season vegetables like lettuce and peas in April this year. Normally I wouldn't try putting these in until mid-May but using Niki's advice I planted early and threw a tarp over the beds on freezing nights. The result is that we were able to eat our first salad at the beginning of June. The last two seasons we have waited until July to enjoy any greens.
|Salad greens and peas were planted in early April|
|Both in their third season the rhubarb and asparagus are ready for picking|