My First Vegetable and Herb Garden ... Wow!
by Lisa Wills
Tiggy's Garden... 5 Sections of Vegetables and Herbs.
For Mother's Day, my husband asked me what I'd like to do. It didn't take me long to say how I wanted the kids and him to help me with gardening. Then I realized how much I'd envied for decades, other people's vegetable gardens.
I wanted my own.
So my husband, my 2 boys and my 3 yr. old daughter helped with everything from digging, leveling, chainsawing posts for the raised bed and planting. I love that it's a Mother's Day gift and that each and every one of us were involved.
It is 24'x 8'. How lucky am I to have this much room! I designed it from ideas of many English Gardens I'd seen in books and on the internet. It needed to be leveled by 24" on the long side and raised as our soil here in Denver, Colorado is full of clay and not conducive to great garden soil. I read and researched for weeks in advance and did all the seed and seedlings purchasing and materials that I'd need.
My very handy and sweet husband created the raised bed over the weekend with my design on paper. Yet we continuously made alterations along the way... we all know how you have your own plans, but then so many other things come into play and you end up with sometimes a more spectacular design than you had planned on. That's what happened to me. We ended up creating 5 sections. The middle is my herbs and focal point birdbath and the 2 on the left and right are veggies and a little fruit.
I am so excited about how it turned out. My office sits next to the garden so each day I get to look out the window and "See My Garden Grow". Every couple of days something new pops up now. I planted on May 12th and it is not even 4 weeks and I have the beginnings of tomatoes, peppers, onions... it is so thrilling to me to finally have created my very own vegetable garden.
My neighbors tell me I won't be able to give them away fast enough. Perhaps I
got overzealous, but I really did want to see 6 different tomatoes grow in my garden and 3 types of basil.
Here's what I planted?
Flat Italian Parsley
Sage ? Common
Basil ? Box, Thai, Sweet, Spicey Globe
Tarragon ? Texas
Rosemary ? large (1)
Tomato ? Big Beef Hybrid (2)
Tomato ? Pink Brandywine (3)
Tomato ? Celebrity Hybrid (1)
Tomato ? Yellow Cherry (1)
Tomato ? Husky Cherry Red (2)
Tomato ? German Queen Heirloom
Squash - Zuchini
Chili Peppers ? Serrano & Jalapeno
Peppers ? Bell Orange
Peppers ? Bell Red
Carrot ? Petite and Sweet
Radish ? Early Scarlett Globe
Lettuce ? Salad Bowl
Spinach ? Dark Green Bloomsdale
Squash ? Yellow Summer Crookneck
Strawberry ? Large (2)
So far I do not have any enemies in my garden. The birds, however did take a strawberry that came on the plant, so I have no idea how that is going to go. I have a swing with an overhead umbrella near it that I just love to sit on with my husband or one of the kids and look at our work.
The boys are learning so much about planting, taking care of the garden and life! Brandon, my 14 yr. old planted the carrots and those are his responsibility. Evan, my 12 year old is responsible for the 2 strawberry plants. My newly adopted daughter from Ethiopia, Tigist, well... we named the garden after her... TIGGY'S GARDEN.
We felt it perfect for a name because our first trip to Africa in 2004 compelled us to adopt a child one day from Africa, and that is when we spend a week there planting hundreds of spinach and cabbage plants for these wonderful people in their horrific living environment.
TIGGY'S GARDEN is remembrance of her Mother who gave her life by offering her up for adoption and for Tigist who lights up our world. I believe the garden for us will provide years and years of lovely talks about Tigist, her homeland, what the garden means to us and how much we love eating God's wonderful, perfect food!