Garden is Planted!

DH and DD worked in the garden this week and pretty much everything is planted except for our basil.  It is not consistently warm enough to start basil from seed outdoors.

Raised Beds

Raised Beds

In our raised beds we have two areas for yukon gold potatoes, summer squash, cilantro, arugula, swiss chard, zinnias for cutting, and basil.  The zinnias re-seeded themselves from last year. The raised beds with black edging make the soil warmer, which helps immensely.  That extra heat helps compensate for the cool temperatures where we live.  This weekend my husband will hook up drip irrigation which makes watering much easier.



We grow spinach in a big pot to outwit the bunnies.  You can continuously re-seed the pot throughout the summer.  We also do kale in a pot.  Bunnies love baby kale!

Our garden has had many different looks over the years.  The current approach is manageable for us and gives us food we actually will eat on a daily basis.  I have to credit my husband for all the gardening efforts.  It’s just not my thing, but I am happy to harvest and cook it!




15 thoughts on “Garden is Planted!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Thanks Cheryl and Paul! The irrigation supplies come from a store online with a great name “The Drip Store”. The hot black plastic raised beds make tomatoes and zucchini Into massive plants, despite our chilly Great Lakes location.

      1. "No Pension, Will Travel!" with Cheryl + Paul

        We had a very similar setup the last time we had a serious garden. Works great, as you say. We had “bunnies” who could leap five foot fences, better known as deer. They loved virtually anything, even the “guaranteed deer-proof plants” the local garden centers advertised. 🙂 We currently raise only herbs, but are looking forward to more in the future. Thanks.

  1. Lili@creativesavv

    I love the look of your garden, Jen! We do raised beds, here, too. The soil is just too cool and soggy in spring otherwise.
    I’m sure you’ve found this, too, but I know we eat so much better having a garden.
    No bunnies, here. Squirrels are our pests, getting into strawberries, cherries and apples. Oddly, these squirrels don’t like pears, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or plums.
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Interesting about the squirrels! The brutal winter didn’t seem to slow the rabbits down. They are very cute, especially when they groom their ears, but not so cute when they are sitting in a raised bed chomping away.

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Absolutely, and kids do so much better eating things they planted. I am reading the cook book “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi and the vegetable recipes are fantastic. Many ideas for swiss chard. Apparently it is a well-loved veg in Israel.

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Yes, everything here is so late as well. Our seeds germinated quickly – the swiss chard and summer squash have already appeared so hopefully we will have some food before it snows!

  2. Message In A Fold

    That is a type of garden I think I could handle. Small! Looks like you will have an abundance of fresh food while saving money at the grocery store as well. Bonus. Your beds are small enough for the weeding chore that is not fun at all.



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