These boxes on the other side of the driveway get lots of sun and usually the tomatoes go here, hence the cages. Finding sunny spots on our property that aren't in the middle of the yard has been surprisingly difficult. But it's a little chilly to plant tomatoes today, so we'll return to this spot later.
So while doing the grocery shopping today I picked up a lovely package of snow peas. Mmmm. However, they were something like $5 for 1/2 pound and had come all the way from Guatemala. Ack! I can wait for snow peas, so I picked up this package of seeds in the floral department. The package says I have to wait 68 days. Early June maybe? (Like my new gloves? John ran over my old ones last fall with the mower on the tractor. Oops.)
In they went, down the line, with a piece of cattle fencing propped against the garage wall for them to climb up.
And look at this! The garlic I planted last fall survived, doing its thing under all that snow. I've never planted garlic before, so this is an experiment. So far, so good.
The last box is the herb box. Chives, tarragon and oregano are coming up. There's room for some other things, maybe dill, parsley and what else? The small kitchen garden is my area. I enjoy having it close to the house so I can run out and pick some veggies for dinner.
John, on the other hand, has had bigger plans. And of course it involves power tools and a tractor. And burning stuff. Last year he cleared some trees on the top of our hill and made the garden behind him here. We planted pumpkins and gourds last year, which worked well because the vines could spread all over, didn't need irrigation or much attention, and in the fall we had a great harvest:
But despite taking down several trees, the remaining ones made it a little shady. So over the past few weekends he took down some more trees and made more garden: