Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Veggie Garden!

For a while now I have been craving growing some of my own food for mostly health and environmental reasons but the added bonus on the pocket book never hurts! :) Never having grown veggies other than tomatoes in pots I was a little hesitant but after reading this post at Little House in the Suburbs I was determined to start this year! So we monitored our backyard throughout one full day to see where the best spot would be. Our backyard is surrounded by huge beautiful trees that give a lot of privacy and also block out the sun for 3/4 of the day! Somewhat disappointed we went looking for another location...the front yard...again too shady...the south side of our house is very sunny and mostly driveway...BUT...
We found a little strip of grass that we transformed into our veggie garden!!! See it with the reflector? Our driveway is shared and wanted to be sure neither we or the neighbours would run into it. We used rocks that we collected from a local beach and reused wood that we had in our basement! So really the cost of this garden was just the soil, plants and weekend of fun building it! (also check out our second floor sanctuary, the petunias are visible from the street!)
We had to modify the layout as seen here but kept the veggies the same with the addition of lettuce! Since it is a lot larger we also added some other flowers.

So here is a list of what we planted:
Swiss chard
Cherry tomatoes
Red Peppers
Bush beans
Red and Green Lettuce

Here is a pepper plant and the swiss chard with the radishes poking up in between! The basil is just starting to come up and I saw 2 beans poking their heads out of the soil. I will keep you posted on the progress!

Happy Friday!


  1. Beautiful Alli. Anyone that is interested in starting a garden can certainly find the way "Where there's a will there's a way". With the warm temps you get in a city and your garden's shelter from the wind - you will harvest plenty of food from your garden.

  2. Gardens are so much fun! It's quite lovely - enjoy watching it grow :)

  3. oh my goodness! i thought andrew was going to pee his pants when he saw the garden grid link you posted! he is so not an organized person... unless it has to do with gardening/cooking!
    I love love the beach rocks collected- so beautiful :)
    btw- here's my email address if you'd like to get together for that coffee! I know it's a little strange- internet friends and all, but Andrew and I would love to meet you and Diego for coffee sometimes :) lspinney(at)hotmail(dot)com

    can't wait to see more pictures of the vegetable garden! andrew was also wondering if you were going to post some pics of the fish baby-eggs :) lol.

  4. It looks fantastic! I hope that you enjoy lots of goodies from it this season! :)