Our first summer back in Seattle, we had an awesome backyard garden. We had a tiny plot that was about 2 feet by 4.5 feet, got great sun and exploded with tomatoes. It was pretty awesome. The second year wasn’t very good. I was traveling for most of the spring and summer that year, and nothing really got done. The last year we were distracted by the wedding and nothing I planted in the spring survived the neglect.
It’s going to be different at this house. We (or I) am going to make a real effort with the garden and hope that there will be plentiful returns this year and every year after. We (and I mean we) have a tough road ahead of us. The gardening spots are going to need lots of attention.
This is the front (street side) yard. We’re going to put down grass and plant some bushes and/or flowers in the area between the mini cement wall and the house. I’d love a hydrangea bush somewhere in there! This spot is on the west side of the property and should get good sun in the afternoon, especially in the summer. This picture was taken at 4pm a few days ago, so the sun isn’t bad in the winter either.
We have a little area (3 or 4 feet by 10 feet) on the north side of our property. It should get good sun most of the day. This is where we’re thinking of planting our permanent vegetable garden. It needs cleaning, soil and a lot of care.
This is the site of our temporary (at least 3 years) raised patch. My sister owns the land next to us and isn’t planning to build for several years. It’s sort of the dump site for our house, but we hope to have it cleaned up by the end of the month. We want to plant grass to make it look nicer and then put a raised garden on the flattest part of the lot.
I know what we’re going to grow already, I just don’t know where everything is going to grow. I tried to buy seeds that were organic and/or heirloom varieties. Here is my seed list:
Greens: Curled Cress, Belgian Endive and Arugula
Roots: French Breakfast Radishes and Cipollini Onions
Tomatoes: San Marzano, Black Cherry, Arkansas Marvel and Scharze Sarah
Thing that grow on vines that aren’t tomatoes : Petit Gris Melon, Trail of Tears Pole Beans, Summer Patty Pan Squash
Misc: Mary Washington Asparagus, Ashworth Corn and English Lavender
I know, I’m crazy!! This doesn’t include the herbs I want to grow in our kitchen window. It will be three years before the asparagus seeds produce anything we can eat but they are perennial, so we’ll get to enjoy them for a few years. I’ve had lots of success with cress (indoors) and arugula. I’ve never grown these varieties of tomatoes but I purchased the seeds from a local gardener who has had much success with them in our climate. The melon (also from the same local gardener), the corn and the onions are an experiment. I’ll be overjoyed if I get anything from them.
I’ve never grown radishes before, and to be honest, I really want to grow them because I like the idea of having french radishes with butter, salt and good bread for breakfast. I know this isn’t France, but a girl can dream.
I can’t wait to enjoy some grilled Belgian endive this summer.
And Petit Gris Melon for dessert? You want some, right?
Once I get my seeds, I’ll start making a gardening plan. Any tips for a not-so greened thumb newbie gardener?
p.s. if anyone local is reading and wants to trade/share seeds or starts, let us know. We’ll have lots!