When it came to buying our first home, there were a lot of must-haves for us. One of them though was having space for a cut flower and vegetable garden. The past few years, we have been gardening at a community garden plot and fell in love with getting our hands in the dirt and growing our own plants. So when it came time to buy a home, we needed the space for it.
The vegetable garden will be set up mostly behind the garage where a big raspberry bush is and two raised garden beds already exist. I want to build a smaller raised bed for lettuce and herbs on our deck. Our friends, Helena and Luke, also gifted us two Earthboxes for our wedding which we will use for tomatoes and peppers on our deck as well! We have a lot of garden bed space around the house, especially on the south and west sides (which is ideal for flowers).
So far, we’ve ordered seeds and planted about 90% of them in Burpee seed starter kits. This year, we bought our seeds from Floret and Johnny Seeds. We also purchased a package of dahlia tubers from our local garden center and a package of peony rhizomes from Costco! Those I’ve started in containers inside so they’re ready to plant and bloom once we’re able to plant mid-to-end of May when the threat of frost is predicted to be gone (check Old Farmer’s Almanac for that information!).
Here is our running list of seeds:
Celosia Flamingo Feather
Sunflower (waiting to start these)
Zinnia (Giant Mix and Queen Red Lime)
Encore Lettuce Mix (waiting to start these)
German Johnson Tomato
San Marzano Tomato
Curly Kale (waiting to start these)
Rhubarb (we purchased these as crowns and they’ll be delivered mid-April)
We will also be purchasing plants that are grown instead of starting everything from seed:
Marigolds (for pest control)
Basil (Genovese and Lemon)
In the meantime, it has been fun seeing what spring flowers pop up from the bulbs in the ground since this is our first spring in our home. We have lots of daffodils and tulips on the south side of our house which have been so lovely to see after a long, cold winter.
Stay tuned for plenty more gardening posts. Are you planning a garden?