Everything we planted in our front yard gardens, is really growing! We wanted to give you a progress update.
In our last post, we shared with you the very beginnings of our front yard transformation. We planned out 3 gardens, built 3 garden beds, had loam delivered, filled the beds with the loam, and got our strawberry plants planted all in mid-May.
At the end of May, after the threat of frost had past, we planted all of the vegetable and flower plants in the beds. I did not take photos of the extensive work we did that day along the way, because frankly, I was covered in earth and sweat, and wasn’t about to touch my camera. : )
Here’s a photo of our front yard now, with the 3 garden beds. I think it’s a dramatic improvement to the ‘blahness’ it was, already! Don’t you? We even have some green weed/crabgrass growing in our dirt where the driveway was extended! Since we don’t have plans to plant grass anytime soon, we’ll take anything green! In the long run here, we’ll likely be putting in more gardens, little walkways, maybe a small tree or 2 ….who knows what. So planting grass at this point is not wise, when it mostly will be getting dug right up, soon enough.
Here’s a view from this angle, taken in mid-July. I’m going to take you from garden to garden here and show you what we’ve got. All of these photos coming up were taken in mid-July.
First on the far left, while acing our house with your back to the street, is our strawberry bed. This is the garden that was done first, a couple of weeks before the others, because we could do that with the strawberries. So I had done a couple of posts on how the plants and strawberries were coming along. Rather then re-hash all of that, and re-post all of those photos, I’m just going to link you to those 2 posts. They will open in their own window, so don’t worry about losing your spot here if you want to take a quick peek.
We Picked Our First Strawberry
Being the first year, the plants needed to get established, so we weren’t expecting an abundance of berries this year. But we have high hopes, jam recipes, and many desserts on our agenda for next year!
This is the second garden from the left, next to the strawberry garden. Or, the middle garden. : )
Aside from the flower, which I will get to a little later on, we have growing 4 varieties of tomatoes: Beefsteaks, Better Boys, Early Girls, and Cherries. We also have cucumbers in this bed.
Just a couple now-outdated tomato photos. More to come.
In our last bed here, 3rd from the left, closest to the drive-way, we have growing summer squash, zucchini, and green peppers. Plus the flowers. I had read how helpful having certain flowers in your vegetable gardens were, to their growth and production. They attract certain bees that help pollinate, as well as other certain insects that are good for the garden and good for keeping other harmfuls away.
I know that sounded a little vague, but I just didn’t want to get into the full explanation right now. Besides, I’m not sure I can remember it ALL at the moment. But I can tell you, that everything I knew at the time, and therefore did, seemed to have done exactly what it should , and it all worked! So that’s got to count for something. lol
Here’s one of our first baby squashes. I learned real quick that I can’t be all in the squash leaves, working around, with bare arms! I got a rashes all over my arms almost instantly, and I was going nuts. Not sure if that happens to everyone, or if I’m just sensitive? But….I was more careful from there on out. Kind of like my jalapeno chopping incident, but I’ll spare you the story on that. For now. (But eventually, these dramatic complaints need to come out. So…be forewarned. : )
On the corners of some of the beds, I had planted cosmos, that have really grown beautifully. We let them grow tall, and they are not only lovely, but really beneficial to the garden.
Pretty, huh? We have this color, and white ones as well.
These photos are now from mid-August, and things were looking great!
Look at all of the tomatoes growing!…
Here is one more shot of the middle garden, with the white Cosmos.
So as I said, the second half of this this post was mid-August. A week later, so much had changed, and there were so many new surprises! So up next, will be yet another garden post, to share with you how things developed from here. I have discovered a new love of garden photography. Shocking?? Probably not.
But soon, we’ll be heading inside the house for a bit, to show you a couple of new things that we’ve been doing in there. I can’t wait to show you!!
I love the design of the wire mesh over the raised bed. We have a bit of an issue with rabbits here, that would certainly take care of it!
Just came back to get the link to show a friend who is thinking of doing something similar with her front yard…she’s tired of the prices for organic produce at the grocer store! thanks, Kim
Everything just looks great! Way to go on your first garden! I am very impressed! 🙂 You did well! I love the cover over the strawberries too, we may have to think about something like that next year because the birds did a number on ours this year!
Kim – I agree…I have always thought it was beautiful too. Well, while in season. lol. I’ve seen cute little homes in magazines and stuff, too, where the small front yard was packed with gardens, and a little walkway right through the middle, to the front door. So charming. Tasha Tudor inspired my gardening some. I loved her.
Great tips, Paula! I didn’t know that about onions and garlic. We’ve been using organic Deer Off spray….we just spray it on the wood of the beds and on the ground around, and it’s worked perfectly. Mint, huh? It’s ok to walk all over it? Might put a sweet little scent in the air, huh? I like that idea.
Yes…it is just plain uncomfortable too! So prickly and tickly, but I also get the rash. So I guess my choices are: long sleeved, gloves to my shoulders, or ask my husband to tend to those. lol
Sam–Ours are turning red now; I’ll be posting photos soon. What a difference a week makes!
Our tomatoes are green as well. Poor weather (cool and rainy) most of July/August have slowed things down in the garden dept. Although we have had several crops of peas and green beans!
Our strawberries are on the third year and still not a big harvest. Lots of plants. however. I don’t know what kind of tomaotes we have – they reseeded themselves four years ago and I don’t remember what we bought. We have big ones, cherry ones, and the little yellow pear shaped ones – yum! Except ours are still green, nothing red yet. Probably not for another month. We always plant onions and garlic on the outside of our gardens as it keeps the animals away. I think geraniums keep rabbits out. Oh, and the crabgrass area looks nice – if you plant mint it will grow everywhere and fast.
It looks like a great garden. I don’t get all that itchy around squash, but it is uncomfortable and prickly. Same with okra and cucumbers for me and I constantly forget to put on gloves.
Incorporating edibles into the front yard has always made so much sense to me…fruits and veggies are so beautiful I don’t know why they are always relegated to the back 40. Great job, Kim