Building Our Front Yard Garden

After talking about it for the past couple years, we finally decided to take the plunge and dig up all the plants in our front yard to make room for a front yard vegetable garden!

It was originally full of tulip bulbs (which never bloomed), two overgrown mini rosebushes and a couple other random, never blooming plants. Giving up the sparse plant life that was already there was not a huge sacrifice.

Once everything was mostly cleared out we made a couple pathways with some cheap stone tiles we picked up from home depot, then Rob and Lucas went to work tilling the soil. Lucas was oh so excited to use his Mickey Mouse gardening tools and gloves he received for Easter from his grandparents.

We put in three tomato plants and the rest of our garden we started from seeds. We had to pick mostly shade loving plants since only one of the plots gets a decent amount of sun (hence the many never-blooming flowers). To be honest, this is really just a big trial-and-error experiment for us. I'm sure we'll learn a lot for next year from all the mistakes we make this year.

We also added a couple potted plants around the side of our garden. Lucas is the proudest strawberry plant owner you've ever seen. No one comes to the house now without going to admire his well cultivated berries.

So far everything seems to be going well. We have one more plot to complete this week, and then it'll be a waiting game until harvest time. Here's what we planted:

  • Jalapeno Peppers (they're not technically planted yet, we started them from seed in the house, where they're still growing strong)
  • Carrots
  • White Onions
  • Libson Green Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes (Beefsteak, Big Boy, and Cherry varieties)
  • Strawberries
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach
  • Arugula 
  • Leaf Lettuce (Bibb, Black, Red, and Green Looseleaf varieties)
  • Pumpkins
  • Potatoes 
  • Garlic (we'll plant this later in the summer)

Are you growing anything this year? Any tips for a first-timer?