Happy Friday!! We have started a baby garden. Like my mom, I really like to eat veggies out of my own garden. There is something amazing about seeing where your food comes from. My dad built me these garden boxes about a year ago and they have been waiting to be used all that time!! We decided, now that the weather is cooling off, to go ahead and get everything set up. Our yard is slightly sloped away from the lawn so we had to dig one side of the box down a little bit to level it out.
Then we added organic raised bed soil and amended it with mushroom compost to feed the plants.
After the beds were ready we just had to decide what to plant. The obvious choice is things we actually like to eat. Then it is important to consider what time of year it is and what will do well in this season. Phoenix in fall is still pretty warm so our growing season is off from everything you normally see on the internet. With that in mind I am taking a chance with a few more traditionally summer plants; tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and eggplant. Then I also planted more fall plants; peas, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach and kale.
We also have an herb bed that we can hopefully keep year round as we have such great weather here!! The separate pot is for the mint as it will take over the entire box if not contained. We also have rosemary, parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme, oregano and lemon balm. Herbs are awesome because not only can they be used in food, a lot of herbs can be used for medicinal purposes as well!!
Lastly, we have a nest in the bird house. I have been seeing a little bird family go in and out of there for a while now, super exciting!!