The beginning of our summer garden

Arizona Summer Garden March

My wonderful husband finally got around to building me one of my 3′ x 6′ raised garden beds! I still need another two for our zucchini, summer squash, more corn, and watermelons, but I got this one started just in time. I am a little sad that I forgot to start my tomatoes last month, but I am currently looking for some USDA organic plants, so if anyone in the Yuma area knows of any, let me know! I know the Sunrise Farmers Market had them in October, but I didn’t need them then.

Anyway, as you can see, I forgot to get markers, so I am currently using oblong rocks found in the gravel part of my yard to mark my veggie rows. From left to right (left is west facing) I have golden bantam sweet corn, green okra, some nasturtium, blue lake bush beans, pronto beets, sweet basil, thyme, italian parsley, and carrots.  My veggie seeds come from Seeds of Change and my herb seeds come from Zziggysgal.  I used a soil mixture of half compost, half topsoil.  I am hoping that Sam gets the sprinkler system guy out to our house soon so I can get the beds hooked up.  As soon as he builds the other beds, which needs to be done by 15 March, I will plant more corn, sugar snap peas, marketmore cucumbers, dark star zucchini, sugar baby watermelons, and yellow crookneck squash, probably some more nasturtium and herbs as well.

I got Milo some zohar f-1 sunflowers to plant along our front yard fence line, so I am excited about that! I hope to instill the same love of gardening that I am developing and nurturing in myself in him too.  I’ve heard that sunflowers are a great place to start with kids, oh and beans.

I will update as little green things begin to push their way up above the surface of the soil in search of the life-giving sunshine. Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

My Future Balcony Garden

Just one short week until Sam and I leave Louisville for our home in Japan! I am very excited to get back home for a number of reasons:

1. I really need to get reacquainted with my fellow EOD wives

2. No more cold weather!

3. Sam and I get back to our “nesting” phase that was so rudely interrupted by his military training

4. I finally get to (re)start my herb garden and get started on my veggie garden!

I am most excited for #4! I have been Stumbling on my garden channel all morning looking for clever ways to grow veggies and herbs in small places, like my balcony, and also in pots. I also want to begin composting since I am aiming for an all organic and earth friendly garden.  I was raised on a farm where my grandparents grew most of their fruits and veggies (all organically), so I feel like starting my own garden is only natural, and something I was meant to do. I think I will start my herb garden off with cilantro, rosemary, basil, italian parsley, dill, oregano, sage, and thyme. I will probably add chives, garlic, shallots, and mint in a few months. I think I will start my veggie garden with beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant…I’m going to try snap-beans and carrots, but it may be too warm in Okinawa. I’M SO EXCITED!!! As you can see, I am very eager to get started on this new project. Okay, I’m going to go read more fun articles on turning my dogs poop into plant food. Have a great weekend!

I am in love with this idea for my balcony. *growbetterveggies.com*