Tuesday, April 3, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Planting a garden is one of the tasks that is quintessentially Spring.  I'm not really a gardener, but I do like having fresh veggies and herbs at the ready.  The soil quality in my area isn't great, so a raised bed is the ideal solution.  I bought a pre-fab raised 4x4 bed kit at the hardware store for about $30.  It is made of cedar, and is easy to assemble and move to the ideal spot.

After removing the existing grass,  I filled the bed with three bags of organic garden soil.

Last year my garden became a favorite spot for the neighborhood cats to come and "visit."  So this year I used some garden fencing and metal stakes to protect my crop.

A mixture of seeds and established plants is the best combination for me to start the garden.  I like to buy the herbs from the garden center so I can start using them right away.  Most of the veggies grow pretty well from seeds.  This also helps keep the cost of your garden down, as seed packets are often a fraction of the price of the plant.

This year the garden consists of mint, rosemary, basil, corn, cucumber, beans, radishes, carrots, beets and lettuce.  I have had good luck with all of these herbs in the past and many of the vegetables.  This is my first try with lettuce, so I will certainly keep you updated as it progresses.

I am certainly not an expert, in fact I often have trouble keeping my house plants alive.  However, I'm sure there are some garden experts out there, so I will leave the comments open.  Feel free to share your best gardening tips and tricks.

Happy growing!


  1. Keep a close eye on your plants for signs of aphids & caterpillars! I prefer using a homemade bug spray (tons of recipes online) for aphids, and handpicking those caterpillars off. They decimated 99% of my plant starts this year, so be vigilant!

  2. I love fresh herbs! I just planted some arugula and lettuce this weekend but have to wait a bit for the herbs. Hope the netting will keep the cats out!

    1. So far the netting is working...it has been a few weeks and we are still cat free!