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Gardening 101

Our little garden is starting to take off.

I will soon be able to harvest the benefits of my efforts.

After I finish this post I will head out to weed my garden.  You can see why in the photos!  It is a good thing that the Swiss here are pretty laid back about weeds in gardens as long as the weeds are under control.

Our garden plot
I asked for half a gardening plot thinking it would be more than enough. It isn’t. You can see our half of the plot in the back starting with the row of leeks.

View from our garden
My view while I garden. Not bad, huh?

zucchini plant with flower
I was excited to see the beginnings of a zucchini. I have never planted zucchini before and didn’t know that they had such a pretty flower. Apparently, the blossoms are edible.

zucchini plants with flowers
We have four zucchini plants. From what I have read online, we should have zucchini coming out of our ears.

green bean bush plants
We have six bushes of green beans.

green bean vine plants
We have four vines of green beans that my girls grew at school.  I still need to put up something for them to grow on.  I’ll do that within the next few days.  I hope it isn’t too late.

We are going to have a ton of green beans!  Anyone want some?

Sunflower plants
The girls, also, grew four sunflower plants. Only two of the plants are doing well because the other two got bent from a little clown’s over abundance of love. ;)

leeks
We have an entire row of leeks thanks to a generous neighbor who donated the plants.

garden
Our garden.

I had planted pumpkin seeds on a mound in the back but they never came up. It is too cold in the mountains to grow pumpkins. In the end, I leveled out the pumpkin mound and planted the plants the girls had brought home from school.

zucchini plant
I learned that the zucchini plants should be on small mounds.  As you can see in the photo above, I learned this AFTER I planted the zucchini seeds.  Next year, I will plant everything next year on raised ground.  I will not plant anything too close to the zucchini plants since they vine out more than I had realized.  I will make walkways after each group of vegetables so that I can navigate the garden better and give some of the vining plants (like zucchini) more room.

Next year, we will ask for an entire plot.  I have a good idea of what I want to plant and how to organize the garden.  It has been a great learning experience for me and the kids love watching the vegetables grow.  They can’t wait to eat them all up!!!

From talking to the neighbors I know what grows well in the mountains and what doesn’t.

My plan for next year is to plant strawberries (lots and lots), green beans, zucchini, leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, carrots and perhaps potatoes.

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  • anne July 21, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Its coming on Pumpkin..Its great too, when children get involved and cannot wait to eat what they have grown or seen growing!!

  • Hexe July 22, 2009, 7:56 pm

    What a beautiful garden! I too am planning my next planting but mine will be in September once the heat is beginning to pass. I have two recipes for zucchini blossoms but have never used them. I’d be interested to hear if you use them and how they turned out.

  • Lisa July 23, 2009, 10:56 pm

    Your garden looks lovely! I have stuffed squash blossoms with goat cheese, then dipped them in batter and fried them – delicious :-) I am accustomed to thinking of growing plants in zones. I am in zone 9 (coastal Texas). Do you have any idea what the equivalent of your growing area might be?

  • Pumpkin July 24, 2009, 12:33 pm

    Anne,
    We are looking forward to eating all those veggies. It is going to save us a little money in plus!

    Hexe,
    I found an omellete recipe I want to try. I’ll make sure to post my results.

    Lisa,
    We love goat cheese so I will have to try that as well as the omelette. I had no idea that a Hardiness Zone system existed. Thank you for that info. I checked and we are in zone 6.

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