Jubilant from our recent trip to Belize, we were excited that the weather was warm and perfect for getting the garden going by the time we returned home. Our yard was once again a jungle due to all the rain, but it was a quick clean-up.
K and I both had taken an extra day off after returning from vacation, so we used it to head to our favourite nursery to load up on plants for our beds. As we plan quite a bit of construction again this summer, we had to be a little choosy about what we were putting in as we are limited on space.
One thing we knew for sure, fresh salsa was a must-have this summer, so we made sure that we had all the plants needed for all the ingredients. We could not get enough of the stuff in Belize…ice cold on a hot day is just a delicious treat. I have done canned salsa in the past, but the fresh stuff is the best treat on a hot day.
On top of the salsa fixings, we have also put in our go-to veggies that we know we consume in large quantities. I can’t wait until I no longer have to stock up at the grocery store! Our fridge is often taken up mostly with veggies, so gardening season is one of our favourite times of year.
For this year, we have planted:
- Sweet orange & yellow peppers
- Jalapeno peppers
- Salsa mix peppers (saw this and decided to give it a go)
- Garlic (our neighbour gave these to us, he planted over 100 in the fall and was happy to share)
Our Strawberries are also into full bloom and are looking amazing. So happy that they survived the winter and are going to be providing us with the deliciously succulent berries again this year.
We were also given a second blackberry bush from my cousin who no longer had space for it in her garden. We will see how it does. It wasn’t looking too good when we planted it…a little dry…by it seems to be getting leaves, so we will see.
Our cherry tree is looking fantastic and for the first time has fruit on it. We are excited to start getting cherries. I see some jam making in my future!
We also plan to pick up more fruit trees this year. The nursery that we frequent has fantastic prices on their trees, and they look like they would be excellent starters for the espalier fence we want to use them for. Those we will pick up in a few weeks, we have a little prep of the area to do first, as well as a framework for the espalier. I still have to decide how I want that fence to look. I am thinking that I will go with the simple straight look as this will be my first attempt. The fan or woven espalier may be a future attempt.
Also new this year, I am planning on adding a section to the blog with all the recipes that we use our veggies and fruit in. It will also help us provide more to the blog during the non-growing season when all we can do is dream of our garden.