The weather has been wonderful in Georgia the past few days and we’ve been outside gardening.

We finally have filled up all of our raised beds. John David finished building the beds back in February, we purchased soil last weekend and got a load of manure last Tuesday.

Square Foot Garden Bed

We’re using these slats to mark a grid for planting. (John David made these from old wood found at the back of our property!)

Paxton’s own little garden! This old sink was behind our garage and we couldn’t resist using it as a planter. We filled it with soil and let Paxton plant a few things. The left side contains cherry tomatoes and the right has a green bean plant and peas. We doubt anything will be allowed to grow long enough to fruit, he’ll probably want to just dig around in his dirt!

Front Walk Planter

Another big project John David knocked out this week was tearing out the overgrown, weed filled monkey grass that lined our sidewalk. I just wanted it gone but he thought it’d be a good use of space to line the walk with a raised bed. This long bed has 16 square foot spaces. So far we’ve planted cilantro, onions, peas and cherry tomatoes here.

We want our landscape to be an edible landscape. Flowers and ornamental plants are beautiful and make your landscaping look nice but we think vegetable, herb and fruit plants are pretty too! And, the best part, all the work invested in maintaining those plants is rewarded with yummy food to eat!

Seedlings

On March 8th, I finally started seeds. This is what they looked like a little over a week later, on the 16th. (The only thing that didn’t germinate were the Bell Pepper seeds which didn’t come as a surprise since they didn’t germinate when I did my germination test a few weeks ago.)

All of the cherry tomatoes! These actually ‘failed’ the germination test too but I decided to see if they’d grow anyway! As you can see, I overloaded on seeds and they all grew!

Since it’s been so warm and the forecast says the weather should remain warm, we took some chances and put out some plants early. So far we have squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, pumpkin, green beans and cilantro planted. If the weather continues to cooperate and our plants thrive, we should enjoy an early harvest!

We also planted peas and onions which are cooler season vegetables. Of course, the warm weather may negatively effect them but hopefully not!

Backyard Chickens

We also let the girls out to roam and forage in the backyard for the first time this weekend! They really enjoyed being free and searching for bugs. They went back to their home right before the sun set!

I’d love to know how your garden is coming along!

Rachel

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