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July 8, 2010

I’ve been babbling about how happy we’ve been during our first year in Michigan this week, and one of our biggest happiest surprises here has been the garden.  When we moved in, we had no idea how beautiful the flower gardens were because it was early spring and nothing had bloomed yet. (We did, however, know about the giant white space telecommunication system in the back. And the shed that desperately needs siding.  Needless to say, we weren’t expecting a whole lot from the garden.)

In early spring (which is May/June for those of us in the upper midwest!), the peonies and iris’ come out to play!

And now that it’s July, our garden is sporting lilies, coneflowers, and daisies.

Whoa, we Jason may need to cut the grass soon… funny how you don’t notice this sort of thing until you’re posting pictures of it on the internets for all to see. Also, note that we’ve removed (part of) the big white space communicator… the post for it appears to be cemented about 7′ into the ground, so who knows how long it will take for us to dispose of it.

It’s amazing to me that we started with such a blank space (see top photo) just a few months ago, and it has exploded in green.  We’re hoping that it will continue to explode – that all of these plantings will spread and proliferate so that there won’t be any room for weeds to grow and I’ll never have to weed the garden.  Is that wishful thinking?  I came back from my Montana vacation and spent nearly 3 days weeding out things that were taller than me and I’m kind of over it for now.

This summer, we’ve added in our own little veggie gardens, just outside the back door.  We started the seeds a bit late, but things seem to be growing wonderfully anyways.  I’m truly impressed that we haven’t killed it yet!  We’ve been eating lettuce and radishes for a few weeks now, and just picked our first green pepper on Tuesday!  Our cucumbers, beans, and tomatoes should be up next…

Plot #1 just after seeds/plants were planted (mid-May)

Plot #1 Mid-June

Plot #1 this morning

Plot #2 Mid-May

Plot #2 Mid-June

Plot #2 this morning

We’re already making plans to improve the garden next year…  This year has been sort of a test run to see if we could make it work, and so far it’s been wonderful.  We’ve not touched the garden (other than to water it on dry days) and it seems to be flourishing on it’s own.  I do need to get back out and weed (gah!) but am waiting until the temps drop to get out there and do it.  I hate sweating.

Anyways, next year we’re looking at expanding our beds and creating raised beds, which I’ve been inspired to surround by herbs like so.  Seriously, click the link.  I dare you.  (I’m looking at you, mom.)  If Brooke’s garden doesn’t make you want to have your own little veggie garden, I don’t know what will…

And, if you have any other inspiring garden tips or links, post ’em in the comments!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2010 1:44 pm

    I was just catching up on your posts and was amazed to find out you’ve only moved there a year ago. Wow, so many changes in one year! Your gardens are amazing and yummy. I think it’s a great contribution to stay home and it’s good for a marriage too.

  2. GGG permalink
    July 8, 2010 4:12 pm

    I wish I had as much energy as you do! Your garden makes mine look real SAD:) Parsley, basil and tomatoes in a twofoot square!

  3. Debbie permalink
    July 8, 2010 7:47 pm

    I can’t believe how beautiful your garden looks ; it was bare when we were there. It came up so nicely! The veggie garden looks good too.

  4. July 8, 2010 9:03 pm

    So pretty! We love coneflowers!

    Is that a greenhouse in the background?

    • July 8, 2010 9:41 pm

      It’s actually a screened in room that has these plastic windows that slide over the screens. We used it to house our seed starters this year, though – it gets lots of afternoon sun. It’s actually really awesome to sit out there & enjoy a warm (but not hot!) afternoon/evening… especially since the mosquitoes here can be nuts!

  5. July 9, 2010 5:55 pm

    Wow, I love your flower beds. They are gorgeous!

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