I'm in the process of clearing out a messy hedge on the sunny side of our yard so we can put Lily's garden there. This is slow going as the roots seem to spread forever.
|The hedge used to go all the way along the concrete wall.|
|The last stubborn patch of roots to clear.|
|Lily's garden will be a boxed-in square next to the steps.|
Yesterday was such a stunning day, perfect for gardening. It was warm, sunny and wind-free so we got the paddling pool out and the girls happily played in that while I gardened.
In the afternoon Sophie napped and Lily helped me prepare her garden by breaking up clumps of clay and moving roots to the corner of the yard. She was a very enthusiastic worker!
She then decided to wash all the rocks I pulled out of the dirt. I said it wasn't really necessary, but she was determined.
In other parts of my backyard...
These lettuce plants came up all by themselves. There must have been some seeds in the compost I bought last summer because a few plants popped up then and I left them to go to seed. Best decision ever!
|Self-seeded lettuce plants from compost.|
They are the nicest lettuce plants I've ever grown. Sweet to taste and sweet to look at.
On the other hand, these broccoli plants have not been the greatest success. I planted them last spring and they've only just sprouted small purple heads.
I actually gave up on some of the plants and ripped them out about a month ago because they were so huge they were starting to topple over. Regretting that decision now!
Lily and I like to eat the little sprouts raw.
It's been a few years since I've grown leeks because the payoff isn't great, but I decided to grow them again this year because I want a variety of vegetables in my garden and I love leek soup.
|Leeks and carrots|
The leeks pictured above aren't huge, but I've picked a couple of the bigger ones already and they made a nice addition to my vegetable soup concoctions. I've even used some of the leaves when making chicken stock, for added depth of flavour.
Carrots (AKA The best producing vegetable in my garden.)
I planted a rainbow of different carrots in two different gardens last spring and they have done so well.
|Carrots and apples grown in my garden.|
The white carrots grew huge really quickly so we ate a lot of them at first. Now they've almost finished and have made way for orange, yellow and purple carrots to grow big and juicy. We eat freshly picked carrots most days, in salads, as a side with dinner, in soups and casseroles, or in Lily's favourite meal Asian Mince on Rice.
|Carrots and beetroot.|
Soon I need to sit down and plan what I'm going to plant this year and where. One of my favourite jobs to do!
What's your favourite / best-producing vegetable to grow?