Water, Sun, Compost and Love

I am so amazed at our garden. Everytime I see it, I think, “how was it so easy to grow all this amazing, organic food?!” I wish we had the space to do this in previous years. Kick, kick, kick. I know this isn’t rocket science, but we have had so much fun learning about our plants, how things grow in our Colorado climate and local tips and tricks. We go to our local farmers market every Saturday and always bring questions, “Do our squash have enough room?”, “Do our lemon cucumbers need support?”, “What natural remedy do you use for flea beetles?”

Here is where we started back in mid/end of April. We put our lettuce and spinach in the ground and planted our chard:

April 30th Garden

When we returned from our camping trip in mid-May, we planted the: beets, cilantro, yellow zuchini, basil, tomato plants, lemon cucumbers, carrots and winter squash. Most of the plants we have are organic, heirloom varieties and were planted with a small mound of compost. Here is the garden the end of May:

May 28th Garden

Most of our veggies started to sprout and grow pretty quickly. We bought lots of our seeds from Abbondanza Organic Seeds and Produce. The one plant that just makes me happy every day is chard. This is truely the plant that keeps on giving.

Late June, the garden turned into this:

June 24th Garden

We put down some plastic cover to keep the clover from invading. At this point, everything was exploding in the garden. We had our first tomato the end of June and finally had to pull the spinach on the 27th. I couldn’t figure out why the spinach suddenly got so tall and was making mini-me leaves. It was bolting, yes :)

We don’t have an entire garden picture from today, but we have lots of other beautiful pictures. Everything is starting to come together. New plants in, old plants out, thinning, weeding, waiting, eating – its all good in my book! Enjoy the rest of the pictures!

July 9th Garden
True Gold Zuchini Flower
Baby Purple Dragon Carrots
San Marzano Romas

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