What does Jon love most about spring/summer? Planting a garden! Taking care of the garden! Everything about having a garden! He almost decided not to do it this year because of the busy-ness of juggling work, school and family. I knew he would completely disappointed if he didn't do it, so I highly encouraged him to do it. I enjoy the garden too, but it really is Jon's baby. One of the first things he wants to do when he gets home from work is go check on the garden. The kids and I tease him all the time that he is "going out to talk to his plants." (: In my current foot situation, it isn't the easiest to get out there to plant plants and pull weeds...
So, Jon set out on the garden adventure. He got started a little bit late, but better late than never, right?
The garden is looking great! Actually, there are two gardens. Yep, two! Jon wanted to do a little experiment.
This is the raised box garden that we made a few years ago. It is in a great spot in our back yard. Nice and out of the way. It looks great, but never really produced much. Jon had the soil tested, made the appropriate soil changes. We watered and weeded. And never even picked a tomato. We weren't sure what the deal was. Our next door neighbor had more veggies than she knew what to do with!
Jon had an idea!
He wanted to move the garden to a different area of the yard. An area with different soil and that received the morning sun and the afternoon shade. He didn't do a raised bed or anything, he just planted straight into the raw ground.
Things are working much better! The plants are all looking amazing and are producing lots of veggies!
The corn is looking great!
The zucchini and squash are multiplying like crazy!
The tomatoes are many!
This is actually a green pepper from the raised box garden. The plants in the garden look good, not great, but still aren't really producing very much. I think we might have one tomato on one of the plants there.
I think we have decided that the best garden is the new one that doesn't get so blasted hot!
These are zinnias that Abby gave me a seed packet for Mother's Day. I can't wait to see the flowers bloom!
The flowers that the kids gave me for Mother's Day are looking beautiful! As long as we can keep from having the insane heat that we had last summer, I think the flowers will manage to look beautiful all summer long!