~By Wendy and Greg Zangari
We have produced our first set of veggies.  Yay!  So we would like to show you pictures of the beauty in the garden that has sprung to life!  When we started this project it was just on a whim, I had all of these seeds I had purchased 2 years ago and they were just sitting in the dark cupboard waiting to be planted. I had no idea they would get planted this year, let alone the fact that we have a full fledged garden now!
When I was trying to grow my own lavender, marigolds, and all of those flowers, which some have lived and others have not survived, sorry to say, I just wanted to plant a garden in the front of the house.  Needless to say we didn’t get to the garden in the front this year, but we sure got one in the backyard!
Greg decided to look out the window one day and saw me working outside to set up our garden, he wanted to help so bad that he forgot about his pain and sat outside with me while I was working and tried to help where he could.  I bought him a very comfortable sling-back chair that he has been able to sit in for hours and not be in anymore pain than he is already in. We were very excited just by this happening!
We sit in the garden almost daily and just enjoy the beauty that we grew with our own two hands. We use the garden now as a place of peace and to feel zen, it works!  It is our love that we see in these plants, as much as we love each other, we have spread our love onto these plants that are bearing beautiful and tasty fruit.  We now know how hard this work is and admire ourselves for actually pulling it off. We took our time and it probably took twice as long as most people, but we did it and now have a sanctuary to go for more peacefulness! 🙂
Anyway, we dug up the yard in 2 sections, one in a 2×12 section of the yard and the other a 3×10 section of the yard. We tilled the soil, added 50% organic hummus 50% bovine manure mix to the soil.  Then we planted all of the sprouted plants that I had planted back in March (It should have been February, but I had no intention of building a garden, it was on a whim). So this is how it all started.
Greg and I researched high and low on the internet for each vegetable we put in the ground so that it can thrive under the right conditions. We are going to be sharing what we have learned from each vegetable at a later date, but for now we will show you pictures of our garden.
Right now most everything is starting to produce and I hope we can manage the continuous flow of produce. We have actually had our first jalapeno and tomatoes, in the last couple of weeks, they were awesome as we had made salsa out of them to put on our grass fed burgers, which we don’t eat much of, but we did this night and it was amazing!  The jalapeno had a little zing to it, we waited a little longer to pick the next one so it would be a bit hotter, and it was! 🙂
Okay, onto our garden, first veggie from right to left, eggplant (they even prefer to be grouped by similar plants.   Including peppers, as well as hot peppers, including jalapeno, tomatoes, and eggplant are all apart of the same family). I believe we planted it too close to the eggplant, but again we are learning.  Next is watermelon, cucumber (which actually died, but we did get a few out of the plants prior to death. and we will be replanting for the fall harvest), and zucchini (Which also died from Downy Virus, so sad, but we replanted on the other side of the fence for our fall harvest).
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On the other side of our yard we have 9 tomato plants, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper,  and Yellow Bell Pepper (located in the back row closest to the house) as well as strawberries.  We also have two areas where we planted basil, Thai basil, cilantro, oregano, lemon balm, and rosemary.
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I hope you enjoyed our garden. I will write out everything that we researched at a later date, so that you too can have a garden and have all of the information in one place. 🙂

© 2012, Ready For The Shift. ™ Wendy & Greg Zangari, All rights reserved. Permission is granted to copy and redistribute these articles on the condition that the content remains complete and in tact, full credit is given to the author(s), and that it is distributed freely.

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