The summer harvest has begun! Veggies and herbs sown from seed in the springtime are finally coming to fruition. We’ve had mostly successes and some failures. There’s always room to learn. Brightly colored summer flowers are providing a spectacular backdrop. While the kitchen garden thrives on its own, we’ve been busy implementing more organic gardening practices to improve the health of our soil. Our long-term plans to remodel the backyard shade garden are underway, which involved two massive loads of free arborist wood chips. We’re getting better at learning how to let nature take care of itself.
The last frost date has passed and planting has begun! It’s been a busy month of soil preparation, more seed starting experiments, yard clean-up, DIY projects. And already we’ve been harvesting our lettuce and perennial herbs! What a treat to have healthy food right outside our front door.
For years, I’ve tried to successfully grow basil in my garden. We love the fresh, fragrant taste of basil and pesto sauce in our home cooking. This year I’ve decided to try in earnest. Find out what I’ve done differently this year and if I have succeeded!
Let’s see how my homemade, backyard compost fares against the store-bought kind. I’m putting the tomatoes to the test!