Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Garden - Part 2

We've been hard at work in the garden all summer long, and we're already seeing so many wonderful changes ~ it's amazing how much happens in the span of a month.

We've been growing vegetables from both seeds and starters; the seeds are starting to sprout and the starters are beginning to fruit. Last weekend, we harvested some basil leaves for a roasted tomato dish that we served for a dinner party, and in the coming weeks, we should have the makings for a salad!

We just finished putting together two more raised beds and are on the hunt for some organic blueberry bushes. The blueberry season is over for this year but we hope to have three large (fruiting) bushes by next summer.

Here are our plans and some photos of our growing garden.

lettuce, cucumbers, celery, carrots, radish

Salad? Gazpacho? Salsa?

View of the beans, kale, chard, cabbage garlic as seen through the bean ladder Sascha made

Close up of the chard

In the herb bed: lavender, rosemary, oregano, dill, chives, parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallots

View of the brick border around the herb bed

The mint, bell peppers and habaneros are all being grown in separate pots outside the beds

Close up of the mint

The broccoli was started indoors in a planter and will be transferred to the third bed in a few weeks

The layout of the three vegetable beds

The layout of the herb bed

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Garden Update

Thanks to Lily, Sascha, Stuart, and Lauren's help these last few weeks, we've gotten a great start on making the garden of our dreams come true. Soon, we hope to be making dinners with the fruits of our labor. If anybody is interested in getting dirty or trying their hands at gardening, there is still a lot to do and we welcome all helpers! Just email us and come on over!

Some photos of our starters and seedlings

View of cucumbers, lettuce, celery, summer squash, butternut squash, and garden peach variety tomatoes (not in view, carrots and radish seedlings).

View of green beans, kale, chard, and savoy cabbage (not in view, garlic and onions)

View of oregano, basil and parsley (still to come, coriander and rosemary)

Sunday, July 04, 2010

New photos of our home

We've been spending most of our free time setting up house, both indoors and out. With the help of Lily and Sascha this weekend, we finished construction of our raised beds and teepee stalks, prepared our herb garden, and planted our cacti. Finally, our house is turning into a home.

By request, here are some photos of our progress:

Our puzzle, music, and dining area

Where we wake up to yoga and meditation in the mornings and work/study in the evenings

Where we spend most of our time, cooking up the yummiest of mostly-vegan meals

Our bedroom altar faces the east

Before and After of the Front Yard - Lily and Pearl weeded the front and planted cacti this weekend ~ what a difference!

Chris put together these redwood planks (courtesy of Barry) and they are ready for veggies. Amazing work, eh?

Sascha dug up about a foot of old soil and Chris bricked the sides. In the next few days, we will compost the roses and add top soil and herbs.

It's been a busy weekend, and we are exhausted but seeing the progress we've made so far has us really excited. There is still a long way to go before we start harvesting but we'll send updates as the sprouts start to shoot up.