Friday, January 29, 2016

The Official Recipe For Fitness Garden!

I'm super excited to share my garden with you! Check it out!! The Recipe For Fitness garden is officially underway! I've spent weeks researching and preparing - what grows when, and with what, where to plant, what soil to use, what kind of beds... it's kind of mind boggling, lol. There's a lot more involved than just throwing some seed on the ground.  Yes - I am a gardening newbie, lol.  I've tried to grow things before. Had a snake plant I managed to keep alive for almost 10 years. Then it died. Had a fabulous basil that lasted 2 years. Then it died. I've planted basil, rosemary, even cactus. They all died. See a pattern?

I was actually banned from purchasing live plants by my family. I think when I place one in my shopping cart, it actually cries, knowing that it's doomed to certain death. But... This time is different. It better be. ;-) And those of you veteran growers - feel free to throw tips my way.

I'm in zone 9b - which means I can plant sooner than most of the country. It also means I'll be hitting the fires of hell in a few months (seriously - there's nothing good about 118 degree heat). My early spring harvest should be bountiful, and I've even put in perennials. If that's not hopeful, I don't know what is. I've got 32 asparagus plants in, that should reach maturity next spring. Four artichoke plants - same deal. Please, oh merciful garden gods, don't let me kill them!

In planning this, I made a list of the veggies I buy the most of. Figured that was a good way to build a practical garden. To that end, I've either planted or have seedlings growing, of the following: tomatoes (early girl, roma, and cherry), peppers, jalepenos, potatoes, onions, green onions, broccoli, lettuce, beets (lots and lots of beets!), cucumbers, carrots,  kale, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, snow peas, eggplant, strawberries, and a ton of herbs. I've also got a blackberry bush planted, and a dwarf grapefruit tree (can't have full size citrus in our HOA).

Knock on the cedar beds I built, this garden is going to rock! ;-)  Wish me luck!

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