I was visiting family in Toronto and Massachusetts for the past week, so no harvest from my garden. I did harvest lettuce (and more lettuce to bring home to NY) from my son-in-law’s garden.
Since I helped frame the raised bed last fall I decided to write a post about it so those with limited space can see how much can be harvested from a small plot and be encouraged to build a small garden.
The above photo is my daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law, Dan’s, 18′ x 18′ vegetable garden. They designed and built the garden together but Dan ended up doing the planting and maintenance. He is doing an excellent job and the small garden is very productive. It is very heartwarming to see young people interested in growing food for their table.
The beds were unframed raised beds and the soil kept getting washed away. Last fall I suggested they frame the beds and together we spent 2 days framing the 6 beds (2 long ones and 4 short ones). This spring Dan installed soaking hoses (red tubes in photo) in all 6 beds.
Left to right: Fordhook giant Swiss chard, lacinato kale, pepper (right back) and parsnips (right front)
Tomatoes (in cage) and nappa cabbages in the spaces between cages (very efficient use of space)
Behind the tomatoes is the asparagus bed
The 2 hanging disks are for chasing away the birds (maybe working for chipmunks too, Dan hasn’t seen any chipmunks in the garden so far this year)
Bed in front: green beans at both ends, yellow plum tomato in the middle. Second bed: lettuce and early girl tomatoes
More lettuce. The above is the Simpson Elite lettuce. A loose-leaf variety with light green curly leaves that resists heat. Dan is hoping this one (spring) sowing will continue to supply him with tender leaves the whole year (even through the summer heat). Currently, he harvests the outer leaves as needed and let the plant grow. I am looking forward to learning the results.
A different view of the garden
Also growing in the garden are: cucumber, celeriac and Chinese chives
Still harvesting lettuce (mine are all gone). Lettuce doing so well their neighbours are happy recipients. Bok choy, spinach, nappa and lettuce will be going into the soon to be vacant red leaf lettuce space
The garden also produced a very good harvest of Shanghai bok choy and spinach
Compost bins (3 black boxes on the other side of the garden fence)
They are into composting and recycling big time, a good thing. All garden beds are enriched with the compost
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That looks like a great garden. Those beds will love all that compost.
Yes, the beds benefitted from the compost and rewarded them with bountiful harvest.
Another fantastic progress report my friend, you are doing splendidly 🙂
Your garden looks both happy and healthy my friend, keep it up 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Thanks, I will keep trying.
Wow Norma-such a neat and well organised vegetable garden-most impressed!!
Mind you having such a plot on the flat is enough to impress me- living as I do and having to garden at the top of a steep hill!!
Unlike their mother, my kids are very organized, thank goodness.
And all neat and tidy in the D and K way :0).
Yep, you know my kids well, everything has to be neat and tidy.
Norma great post. I love the idea of square foot gardening and am finding it is even working well on a modified version in my big gardens.
Amazing how much the kids are harvesting from their small garden.
What a lovely looking garden, Norma. It is indeed nice that they are enjoying growing their own vegetables. I also like a raised bed so you can control your own soil. I have never had success composting, we have purchased so many different types of composters. Fortunately, the City of Toronto has an excellent composting program and we whole heartedly participate.
I refer to the garden as the “Martha Stewart’s Garden”. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at how much time and effort they put in the gardens, both flowers and veggies.
That is quite the compliment, I’m sure your daughter and hubby are very flattered by it, particularly coming from a pro like you.
I am no where near as organized as my children (I wish). They are also planners which I am not.
What a beautiful and well organized garden! How I wish I had even 8 x 10′ of sun in my yard for my garden of the same size. I have some serious garden envy as a result of this post! 😉
Hello B and B,
Thanks, read my reply to Eva. I have very organized kids (not at all like their mother).
Ha, ha! Definitely a Martha Steward Garden!
That is a beautiful garden Norma – they are lucky to have you to learn from!
Thanks. Read my reply to Eva’s comment.
It is a pretty garden.
It is a lovely garden and it sounds like it is quite productive.
Yes it is a pretty little garden that is very productive.
Thank you for posting this encouraging message. Even with only a little space, there is much that can be done. I really need this encouragement.
You are so welcome. I really think that having a small garden has many advantages, easier to take care of and gets more attention.
I covet this beautiful garden! It’s so lush and green, and the fencing is beautiful!
Thanks, my daughter and son-in-law did a great job disigning the garden.
This is such a beautiful, well thought-out little garden! I am always impressed by how productive garden spaces can be when they are efficiently used. And I’m envious of those lovely lettuces- ours are long gone.
Yes,it is a well thought out little garden and very efficiently used.
That sure is a good looking garden! It is amazing how much can be grown in smaller spaces. It looks like they have a lot of good stuff growing there.
Read my reply to Eva’s comment. They only grow the things they both like. I am hoping this post will encourage people to garden even if space is limited,
Your daughter and son-in-law did a beautiful job on that garden. Good that they had your expert advice. I particularly like their fencing and the color they painted the posts. Even the compost bins are neat and tidy. Mine bin is hidden behind the shed for a reason!
Hello Dave’s SFG,
Read my reply to Eva’s comment. My daughter designed the post and my son-in-law made and painted them to her specification.
Really lovely. I imagine there’s a real dear problem, if they need so much fencing. It’s nice to see that how attractive everything is.
Yes, the garden is very attractive.
This is probably the most well-tended garden I’ve ever seen. Good job!
That is the advantage of having small garden, more time and care can be given.
What a nice tour of your daughter and son-in-law’s garden. It’s lovely!
Thanks, glad you enjoyed the tour.
That is a really pretty garden! Tell them they need to join us for Harvest Mondays!
I will pass on the message.
Oh my goodness! Another beautiful and well-organized garden. One of these days I will get around to planting (and tending) a garden! This is just beautiful. I hope you had a great trip. 🙂
Thanks. Wish my garden was an organized one. Yes, I had a great trip visiting with my family.
Yes, there are richness and colors in the garden.
Beautiful garden, the veggies look healthy and happy.
The garden gets a good amount of care and attention makes for happy and healthy veggies.
Wow! What great design and execution! Great inspiration, I always love seeing new gardens.
My kids would be very pleased to read your comment.
Everything looks great so far!
I hope that you enjoyed your visit to Toronto!!! Your daughter’s garden looks lovely — and so nicely laid out for a small space. Mine is about a quarter of the size, and not nearly as organized. I really like those nice tall cages for the tomoatoes — I bet they work well.
Hello P and P,
Had a great time in Toronto, it was actually much cooler in Toronto than in the Hudson Valley.
My daughter and son-in-law are very meticulous. Read my reply to Eva’s comment. I like those tall cages too I believe they were mail order, need to look into getting some for next year.
That’s a glorious garden!
Thanks, read my reply to Eva’s comment.
Not only is the garden nicely planted and growing well but the fence is beautiful.
Thanks. They designed and built it, I call it the “Martha Stewart Garden”.
They named it perfectly…I think she would be very impressed.
Oh Norma, it is always so nice to visit your posts…love your garden…everything is so organized and growing so nice.
Thanks for sharing all these precious pictures…hope you are enjoying your week 🙂
Thanks and you are welcome. My kids are very meticulous.
That looks beautiful Norma. Our garden is tiny but we are also thinking of growing some of our own veggies. I have areal beginner question for you on chilies. We are growing some indoors and have just repotted them into their individual pots. How big should they be before you move them outside?
Are you going to keep your chilies in pot or will they be going into the ground?
You can move them outside any time as long as it is warm. Since they have been indoors you need to harden them off gradually.
This is how I harden off. Day 1, outdoor in shade. Day 2, in filtered sunlight. Day 3, in sun for 1 hour, Day 4, increase sun exposure to 2 hours, Day 5, 3 hours, Day 6, 4 hours and by day 7 they can pretty much take whole day sun. Make sure the pots do not dry out.
Hope this helped, let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.
My apologies for not dropping by lately Norma 🙂 things have just been a little busy ~ ohhh More harvest yay that’s great 😀 so happy for you! I remember having a compost bin once hehe so smelly
No need to apologize, we all have lives outside of blogging.
That’s such an impressive garden Norma and the plants look so green, vibrant and healthy. Great that you were able to help them box-in the garden beds xx
The plants are much happier in a contained environment.
Norma, this is fabulous! How great that they’re growing so much produce in a relatively small space! Just goes to show what can be done, even with a small yard. It all looks so healthy too – ours gets quite bug-eaten.. 🙂
My son-in-law takes really great care of his garden and enjoys it too which helps.
What a beautiful garden Norma!! I can see you put in a lot of love in there!!
Yep, my son-in-law puts a love in the garden.
I have been looking around for the square/round tomato cages like those but unavailable here in Australia.
My kids got the cages from http://www.gardeners.com/. They are currently on sale. May be they ship to Australia.
Thanks Norma for the reference, they don’t do the international shipping due to the custom regulation restrictions. I may have to use the wooden stakes at the time being!
What a wonderful, caged garden! Every vegetable is thriving too! I love it! I think raised beds are the future in gardening! 🙂
Yes, raised beds are much easier to manage.