Hippocrates said it and we believe it!

This year’s food garden is coming along quite nicely despite major setbacks caused by storms, cold and heat.  We have several perennial crops – asparagus, raspberries, strawberries, garlic and horseradish in the food garden, but also have to do some planting.

The potatoes were planted early and have survived.  We planted Yukon Gold, Pontiac Red along with a blue variety for fun.  They will need more dirt added when they get a few inches taller.

Potatoes coming up despite severe cold.

Potatoes coming up despite severe cold.

We also have onions, carrots and beets coming up!  The newest arrivals are green beans – we’re growing a French variety this year.  These were planted by just poking the seed in the ground about 2 inches and covering them – no tilling.  As previous noted, these beds were under black plastic all last year.  When we took off the plastic the soil was so beautiful it practically gleamed 🙂   (Note: paths are a difficult concept for children and dogs!)

French green beans

French green beans

The entire “Food Garden” is comprised of four sets of beds covering about 30 feet by 100 feet with wide paths in between the beds.  The first set of beds has annual vegetables, the second set has asparagus, Dill, Cilantro, Chives and Chamomile, the third set is two rows of raspberries with Horseradish at the end, the forth set is two rows of strawberries and several herb beds – Garlic, Fennel, Borage, Red Clover, Cayenne, Stevia, Vervain, and Wild Bergamot.

As of today, all but transplanting the self-seeded Borage into their proper place, the Food Garden is done and added to the list of Shop Garden and House Gardens!  Now on to the Barn Gardens, Woodland Gardens and Children’s Garden 🙂

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