Every year I swear it will be the year for my massive veggie garden.  And every year I manage to tackle one or two crops, but nothing major.  This year, it's on.  

Since Seattle has had ridiculously nice weather, I've been out in my garden almost every day.  A while back, I posted about my awesome raised beds (here and here), and I'm happy to report that they are now getting a workout!  Let's talk about what's planted, shall we?  In the raised beds, I currently have Walla Walla sweet onions, garlic, leeks, celery, beets, peas, carrots and lettuces.  In the ground, I have rhubarb, blueberries and I've pruned (a while ago) the long-neglected apple tree we inherited.  In pots on the deck, I have two different strawberries and a few herbs (oregano, thyme and chives) that are still going strong despite at least a year and a half of remodel-induced neglect.  And inside, I have three different types of tomatoes (stupid, cherokee purple and sweetie), broccoli and green onions still in their starter pots.  I was a little late in starting these indoors, but there is still plenty of time for catch-up, right?  At least that's what I tell myself.  

On the horizon, we have a green bean teepee, zucchini, more herbs, cucumbers, pumpkins, potatoes and my personal "field of dreams."  Long story short, we received an outrageous bid for fencing our lot and so it looks like the handy husband will be undertaking this project.  I lovingly suggested that we plant a huge hedge of corn along the edge of our property until the fence was built.  The dear husband suggested we not.  

The last two items I'll be adding this year are tomatillos and lady bell peppers.  Ever since I made this recipe from Tyler Florence, I've been dreaming of roasted tomatillo salsa.  Seriously.  Forget the enchiladas and just make this salsa.  You can thank me later.  The second item is a type of pepper that I hear does really well up here.  We'll see what I can find at the trusty nursery!

I'll have to post pics when my camera is fully charged, but in the meantime, let's look at some veggie garden inspiration from The Binder.  In an ideal world, I'd love to exist somewhere between these two worlds.

First up, the ethereal Irish garden of Michele O'Hana: 

Love this foggy morning shot of Michele's garden... just beautiful with the pops of orange marigolds! (via Domino Magazine)

Sigh.  I want chickens, but the husband says we have enough wildlife.  (via Domino Magazine)

I love the sentiment of the family garden.  Some of my fondest memories are digging in the dirt with my mom and brothers. (via Domino Magazine)

Presenting Martha Stewart's massive garden at Cantitoe Corners.  It's not as other-worldly, but you can't deny it's a total machine.  I think she just needs to add a bench or two to warm the place up:

Martha's gardener, Jodi Capobianco, working her massive 90' by 150' garden. (via MS Living, March 2008)

An aerial view of the Cantitoe Corners farm... rows labeled (via MS Living, March 2008)

The second half of her massive garden (via MS Living, March 2008)

I've seen a few gardeners mulching with clean straw and really like the look.  I'll at least try this with my pumpkins and squash. (via MS Living, March 2008)

Feel free to peak at the full Martha Stewart pictorial here.

Well, that's it from this girl!  But how about you?  How's your garden growing?

xo, k

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