Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Vegetable Beds and Irises

I'm sure it's not surprising that I'm obsessed with gardening right now. If I'm not working in the yard, I'm going out every so often just to admire it and see what's blooming. Everything is changing so fast and I'm afraid I'll miss a lovely peony or iris. I can't wait until school is out so I can be home in the mornings, when it's cool and the birds are singing. Heaven!

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember our strawberry bed. It was quite large and prolific, but very hard to take care of. Because of that and the fact that we lost a lot of plants over the winter, I decided to remake that part of the garden. Rick made ten more raised beds similar to the ones in the front veggie garden, just a different size.

A lot of work for my husband, but he knew it would end up being less work for me in the long run. He filled each bed with soil and several wheelbarrow loads of compost. Then we covered the paths with mulch. I love how it looks!

The front beds have tomatoes, three types of heirlooms and others. There are sweet peas and parsley under the trellis.
Two beds have strawberries. They are doing well already, but won't produce until next year.
Another two beds of asparagus. Can you see it?
These are the older front beds.
Sugar peas and two varieties of lettuce.
Broccoli started from seed.
Spinach, chard, radishes, and carrots.
Bush beans.

Now is the time for irises to bloom here in Indiana. I love them and have had many colors over the years. But for some reason the purple/blue irises are the ones that stick around. But this year we got a pretty yellow to bloom. And the Japanese iris are always dependable and beautiful.

I hope you have enjoyed my garden pictures. Believe it or not, I have been doing some crafting and I will post about it soon. Take care, everyone!


Solstitches said...

Oh my goodness Cindy, your garden is fabulous!
I can just imagine walking around those raised beds picking and eating strawberries that have been warmed by the sun.
You are going to have some wonderful produce later on.
As for the flowers they are just so pretty. I especially love the yellow iris.

Helen Philipps said...

I loved seeing your fantastic garden pictures, Cindy! You have some gorgeous flowers, and the raised beds are perfect for vegetable growing....some day I hope to have lots like this and do the same!
Wishing you a happy week with lots of sunny garden days!
Helen xox

Sheila said...

Too bad the strawberries didn't work out. The new beds look great though. Talk to you soon!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love your raised beds and gardens. Those white iris are absolutely gorgeous! I have the purple Siberian iris and would love some white to go with them :>)

Lady Linda said...

WOW...how impressive and inspiring.

vivian said...

LOVE your gardens! I need your ambition... I just go to a little farm stand down the street and get what I need.. but I really wish it was all just growing in my back yard! too bad youre not my neighbor.. you could teach me!
enjoy your weekend

Stacy said...

I dream of having a garden like that! (One day, one day.) What I want to know is - what do you do with all of your harvest? Do you can them?

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Your gardens are wonderful! Cant wait to see what you are crafting!

Jody and Stan said...

What a wonderful garden you two have created. Your husband has a great design on those raised beds, they look fantastic!! Everything is growing just beautifully.
Your iris are just so pretty. I'm so inspired now, I have to go outside and plant more bulbs. Thanks so much for the inspiration.