My husband Phil and I decided to put a raised vegetable garden in our backyard over Memorial Day Weekend. In the past, I had always been limited to planting tomatoes in pots on the deck because of sunlight or space issues. But we had the perfect spot for a vegetable garden, so I decided it was time to test whether I had a green thumb…or a brown thumb. It gets sun all day long; it’s on a bit of a hill, and the raised bed needed to be built so that it was level. Phil built it—no plans, just an idea in his head! We both dug out the sod and replaced it with topsoil and garden soil, and then I planted it.
The vegetable garden is heavily biased toward salsa, sauces, Thai dishes, and herbs—although I did put in some lettuces, cukes, scallions, and beans as well. There are several tomato plants, one tomatillo plant, several different kinds of peppers: jalapeno—OF COURSE—habanero, poblano, and Thai red. You might have figured out that we are chili heads. You’ll know that for sure when you try my jerk sauce recipe.
In the herb department, I planted parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (WHY am I hearing music in my head?!); sweet and Thai basil, and chives. I didn’t plant cilantro because I haven’t had much luck with it in the past. I also mixed in some flowers, including cosmos, nasturtium, and morning glories.
Our vegetable garden has two walls with wire fencing for climbing vines (the beans, cukes, and morning glories), and the rest of it has about two feet of fencing to keep Peter Cottontail out.
There’s every chance in the world that the garden will be WAY too crowded. That’s where the brown thumb might rear its ugly…uh…head?
While I was planting, I had one of the worst allergy attacks EVER. My nose decided that its true aspiration in life was to be a faucet; then my eyes decided to join the party and began watering profusely. About halfway through planting the vegetable garden, I couldn’t see anymore. I conceded and packed it in.
It rained all the next day.
I finally finished planting on Memorial Day. I am excited to see the vegetable garden when it really starts going, and—of course—I can’t wait to start harvesting!!
Here is a picture of the newly planted garden. I will post updates in coming months!!