Our First Remote Garden Plot
Last year was our first year growing food on a plot of land that was not our own. We put out our best intentions in January 2014 and planted tons of seeds without fully knowing where we were going to plant them. As luck would have it, we received an invitation in May from a lovely family to grow in their large suburban backyard. Our first year was a great learning experience – from preparing the space for growing, pulling up sod, building the soil, and planting different types of crops, to protecting the harvest, and sharing and preserving the fruits of our labor.
A New Season & A New Start
By putting into practice all that we have learned from last year, we are cultivating a great garden plot this year! We decided to focus on two crops in this space for the time being: Brandywine tomatoes and zucchini. All of our plants have been started by seed using heirloom seeds. The tomatoes were seeded on December 28, 2014 and are loaded with small fruits. The zucchini were started in late March and they are huge and healthy! We have already harvested about 10 big zucchini’s and there are many more to come!
A Glorious Garden
This garden was planted on May 16, 2015. The installation this year was much easier than last year because the fence was already in place, the sod was already up, and the soil was already healthy and fertilized. We improved our process by adding mulch this year which has significantly helped with water retention in the soil. Since then, the focus has been on trimming and trellising, watering, weeding and fertilizing. Both crops are fruiting and displaying loads of flowers (a.k.a. future fruit!). We are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to expand our dream by growing on this beautiful and productive plot of land. And we have many more exciting plans for this garden plot before the season is over!