We decided that this year we were going to have a garden. In San Diego we had a very large aquaponic garden in our back yard along with many fruit trees. A couple years ago we attempted a small garden but it didn’t really produce much. The only thing that had really taken off was the volunteer massive pumpkin patch we had a few years back. We have been *so* busy for the past 5 months and once our starter seeds had all sprouted inside it was a race to figure out how the heck we were going to actually put together the garden and where. Then the idea came to Atom-
I wanted a gorgeous raised planter garden in the back lot that we would share with our amazing super friends/neighbors that live behind us. We had recently gotten new tires on my Jeep and in true Atom fashion, he requested to keep the old ones. Now I know why. Then magically about a dozen more tires show up in the back lot and the tire garden was born. Its definitely not a pretty garden but it is super functional. (And super huge thanks to said neighbors for adding the rock which totally helps with curb appeal!)
In the tires we have growing cantaloupe, potatoes, red and green lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, brussels sprouts, broccoli, parsley, basil, and I’m sure there are a few more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.
(Thanks to our bunny Linda for the free garden fertilizer!)
Next to the building there was a large dead tree that the city removed late last year which opened up a perfect sunny spot along the west side of the building. A truckload of top soil and a rototiller later, our tomato seedlings were planted and have completely taken off.
Toward the front of the building we have a bunch of volunteer cilantro that keeps coming back each year since we initially planted it the year we moved here. It’s funny that we aren’t even watering it and it keeps coming back. We tried to grow cilantro for years in San Diego and it would never grow and now we can’t get rid of it here in Indiana. Good thing we all LOVE cilantro in our family!
Our peach & plum trees have totally taken off and are filling out nicely. Atom planted them last year and it looks like we will be getting fruit this year! There are so many little baby peaches and plums!
Two years ago we planted little tiny raspberry (Atom’s fav) starts along the fence between us & our neighbors home. Last summer we added some blackberry starts as well. This spring they have absolutely exploded and we are going to have more raspberries & blackberries than we will be able to eat! We’re talking about a solid 50 feet of berry bushes all currently in full bloom.
Last week we purchased 29 baby boxwood bushes and planted them along the front of the main parking lot. We can’t wait until they grow and fill in!
We are a family that LOVES produce and growing our own is so rewarding and it is going to be a delicious summer!