Finally. I am finally done planting my vegetable garden. With the heat wave we have had lately here in Minnesota, everything has sprouted and is growing quickly.
I have planted all my typical crops: lettuce, spinach, carrots, cilantro, onions, beans, tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, pumpkins, gourds and zucchini.
The new additions to my garden this year include potatoes, garlic, shallots, eggplant, broccoli, butternut squash and mini-pumpkins.
I also have the following herbs planted: chives (perennial), basil, oregano, thyme and dill.
My raspberries, asparagus and rhubarb are along the end of the garden.
I plant some of my crops in a block method, including spinach, cilantro and onions. It helps save space and I find it easier to weed.
It is always such a relief to have the garden all planted. The waiting, watching and weeding now begins.
We find growing our own food and preserving it for later use very rewarding. All too often in the news are stories about problems and contamination with our food supply. Our gardening efforts make us feel like we are taking back a little control over what we put in our mouth. It also has the added benefit of making these two farm kids feel just a little bit like “farmers.”