My First Garden

When I was a child in elementary school, we had a garden. I was pretty young and I don’t think it lasted more than a few years. It bordered our neighbor’s fence. I remember wishing we could ask for the melons back that had grown into our yard.  I remember wondering why we had so many radishes and wanting to grow something else. But that’s really it. It wasn’t something I grew up with. It was only the last few years that I started wanting to grow food myself. I started with herbs. I killed them. I progressed on to care for my friend’s lemon tree. It lives but I wouldn’t say it prospered. Were these signs? No way!

So, when we were looking for a house in Wilmington, we specifically had our eye out for a yard and a landlord that wouldn’t mind a garden. Plus isn’t it cute?!


I voted for a small raised bed garden that wouldn’t take up too much of our time. I was worried about getting in over our heads. I was overruled.

It's a little bigger than I intended...

It’s a little bigger than I intended…

I would guess the garden’s about 12 x 15. It feels pretty enormous when I’m weeding. It pretty much always needs weeding. Please don’t look too closely at the photos. I’m learning!

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(These are from Easter weekend.)

For the most part we’ve targeted our favorite foods: spinach, carrots (not doing too well), purple and yukon potatoes, peas, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, beets and arugula. There’s also a basil plant and some green onions in there as well. I don’t think Tyler will be partaking in any zucchini and beet eating but I think I can handle that!

We’ve also started a small compost bin out of an old plastic bin I had previously stored my crafts in. It was a lot more fun when our landlord in Austin worked for Compost Peddler. They provided the bucket and a paper bag each week when they picked up the our food scraps. No smell, no ick. Then our landlord would bring compost home sometimes! Convenient.

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Pretty, pretty progress!

We’re hoping that if our garden is productive, we’ll be doing some canning this summer. Fingers crossed!


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