Edible Gardening

Summer Garden Tour 2016

To my surprise, we're just a couple days shy of a year since we've poked around in my edible garden. If someone could stop pressing the fast forward button, that'd be great, thanks. 

Since I'm a big believer of "grow what you actually eat", you'll see a lot of the same plants as last year. The biggest change would be our new raised bed we put in on the south side of our home. I've been able to grow veggies there, but it was a lot harder to manage when I was trying to follow the square foot gardening spacing

Now that I have the new garden box packed with great nutrient dense soil, my plants are going bananas. See for yourself.

Summer Garden Tour 2016

Summer Garden 2015

I garden for sanity. My husband and I are in our third year living in a fixer-upper home where I started out bright eyed and bushy tailed for the renovations to come, but have graduated to going numb when I pass by our in-home workshop that seems to be a permanent fixture every year.

But then my edible garden came to the rescue. I started out with just a few plants here and here, but quickly became an addict in one summer. Seeing the seeds grow into huge vegetables, the smell of everything after I water, and of course the harvest are just a few of my favorite things. Someday I'll build better beds and start a rain barrel, but for now I'm happy with what I've got. 

Summer Garden 2015

Tomato Varieties In My 2015 Summer Garden

I know. Such a tease. 

These jewels are from my garden last year. I was able to grow them from seed, and really figure out what varieties I like to grow. This year, I have plant starts that I got from the Langley Farms stand at my local farmer's market. I can't recommend farmer's markets enough for plant starts, they are healthy and are on the cheaper side! A tip if you want good pickings: go as soon as it opens.

I'll be sure to update you with the progress in the garden on the blog and through Instagram, and give some tips that I've figured out over the years being an urban gardener. To start, let's dive into the tomato varieties I've chosen to grow in my garden, and why knowing what indeterminate and determinate means will help you with spacing.

Tomato Varieties In My 2015 Summer Garden

Picking The Best Veggies For Your Garden

Saddle up, because we're about to dive into the second part of a guide for gardeners with small spaces! Both parts were made by my friends at Seattle Urban Farm Company,  a wonderful group of folks that empower city dwellers to sucessfully grow their food. If you haven't already, catch up on the first part, and get ready to be inspired to grow a bountiful harvest right in your own home. 

Picking The Best Veggies For Your Garden

Growing Yummy Things In Small Spaces

I am more than thrilled to share today's partnered post.  When I think of Seattle Urban Farm Company, I can't help but take note of the local, sustainable, and homegrown food focus that runs through their veins. They have graciously put together a two-part guide to help folks with limited space reach for the stars when  it comes to growing something yummy at home. Take it away SUFCo! 

Growing Yummy Things In Small Spaces

Planting Radishes, Snap Peas, and Swiss Chard

Just like home cooking, gardening has a special spot in my heart. My Korean grandparents used to plant all of these wonderful Korean things like perilla leaves, korean cucumbers and peppers. For some reason I never connected that as being a food source, since you could just go to the grocery store. Oh young Sara, little did you know the world they were opening up for you.

Planting Radishes, Snap Peas, and Swiss Chard