Kristin Moras

Hello.

 I'm Kristin, author of The Mulberry Patch. I write about living a slow, simple, and sustainable lifestyle amidst a fast paced modern world. 

Tour of Our Simple (but Mighty) Organic Garden

Tour of Our Simple (but Mighty) Organic Garden

Let me just start off by saying that I don't have a green thumb... AT ALL. In fact, David has always teased me about this throughout our 7 year relationship. I'm always buying plants with the intention of "starting a garden," only to rediscover said plants a few months later wilted, unwatered, and unloved. However, this time it's all different (I swear). We've had an organic garden for the past month and I'm proud to say it is happy, healthy, and thriving!

Our "garden" before we transplanted everything. From right we have: Spinach & Kale, parsley, tomato plants, one pepper, and our herbs (rosemary, thyme, & oregano) which we simply moved over by our kitchen door.

Our "garden" before we transplanted everything. From right we have: Spinach & Kale, parsley, tomato plants, one pepper, and our herbs (rosemary, thyme, & oregano) which we simply moved over by our kitchen door.

In all honesty, we couldn't have gotten started successfully if it weren't for the help of David's parents. A few weeks after we moved in, they showed up with a raised planter table + a container garden of spinach and kale. A few weeks after that (once we happily reported that we hadn't killed our tiny garden) they gifted us the tomatoes and pepper. David and I felt so much confidence from having kept alive our tiny veggies, that we purchased some parsley, oregano, thyme, and rosemary to add to the mix.

Ezra was starting to take an interest in our slowly growing garden too, so we decided to have a family day and transplant everything into the planter table together.

Lining the planter table

Lining the planter table

Transplanting the tomatoes

Transplanting the tomatoes

Making mounds of soil around the base of the tomatoes (to give more support)

Making mounds of soil around the base of the tomatoes (to give more support)

Ezra gathering some dirt

Ezra gathering some dirt

Ezra "planting seeds" in his little bucket

Ezra "planting seeds" in his little bucket

David and Ezra watering the freshly planted tomatoes, pepper, and spinach.

David and Ezra watering the freshly planted tomatoes, pepper, and spinach.

All done!

All done!

So far it's been about a week since we initially started transplanting our little garden and I'm already amazed at how fast everything is growing! We've been really diligent about watering everyday and making sure to keep the spinach trimmed so that it continues to grow. Every evening after dinner we go outside and Ezra helps water the garden. Then David and I sit on the patio sipping tea or coffee while we watch Ezra try to "shovel" dirt around or continue watering the grass (he loves using the hose by himself!).

One week later: We planted an additional two spinach bunches in the planter box. 

Spinach

Spinach

Tomato

Tomato

Pepper

Pepper

On left: parsley; on right: oregano, rosemary, & thyme.

On left: parsley; on right: oregano, rosemary, & thyme.

The whole gardening process this time around has been such a rewarding experience, not to mention healthy too! We trimmed some of the spinach and kale for a salad with our dinner last night and it was DELICIOUS. I'm not sure if it was because we grew and harvested it ourselves, or if it has to do with the fact that there are no pesticides etc., but it was seriously the best salad I've ever had. I didn't even really feel like it needed dressing because it was so flavorful! 

Well that concludes the tour of our garden! If you made it to the end of this post, I'm so glad we could show you around. If you're considering starting a garden, or already have, tell me about it in the comments below! What are some challenges you face(d) and how are/did you overcome them?

p.s. Home for the Harvest is a great starting point for newbie gardeners. It's been a valuable resource for me this past month. 


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