Green beans line the back of one of our raised beds, and they’ve been feeding us since May. I only recently learned they need to be tied and lifted. I’m still learning! My tomatoes are finally starting to take off, which seems much later than last summer. Cucumber plants are wedged in the middle, and they’ve giving us up to three per day for the last month. I’ve been giving them away, which makes me so happy. I never knew how prickly they are when you pick them. It feels like fiberglass. I’ve asked Chris to make a trellis like this next year, so they can climb like they’re supposed to.
My mom taught me how to prune my lettuce plants right after I took this picture. She also transplanted a few pepper plants from my grandparents, so the second raised bed is now full. Chris anchored a perforated plastic pipe to the gutter, which waters the bed nicely. Now we just need to replace the grass we tore up to build the darn thing!
Ames is always quick to “halp,” bless his heart. Here, he watered and tamped down a spot close to the basil and mint, which have since tripled in size. It’s amazing how quickly this suburban backyard stuff grows! I tend to work three shifts in a row, so it’s a few days before I make it back outside to check on things. I’m always amazed by the progress.
It’s still a work in progress, but I guess that’s how these things go! I’m just excited to get a little edible gratification from our work. Since it looks like we’re sticking around this house for the next few years, I’d like to try my hand at landscaping – flowers, bushes, etc. I’ve never had much luck at keeping those plants alive, but I’m ready to try again! Any suggestions on what looks pretty and grows well in direct sunlight?