Friday, 11 May 2012

Our first vegetable garden

We both love gardening and want to be as self-sufficient as possible.  Mia is a vegan and I eat mostly vegetables with occasional seafood.  We both really wanted to grow as much of our food as possible.  When we moved in, the renovation delayed the start of our vegetable garden but we were able to prep a small existing plot by the house and dig a new garden behind the garage. At first, I was concerned about the amount of sunlight in that location and lobbied for a location on the south side of the backyard.  Mia thought that there would be enough sunlight behind the garage and that it would be nicer to have a flower garden along the fence to view from the house. I must admit, Mia was right.  We had just over 6 hours of sunlight on the vegetable garden and our veggies loved the location.  From June to November we supplied all our own vegetable needs without the need to buy any from the grocery store. Since then the back neighbour cut down an old Manitoba maple that will give us another 1 – 2 hours of sunlight per day. Yay, more heat units for the veggies! By Misha

Before - front garden

Veggies growing

Ready to harvest

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