In the spring of 2014 my husband and I bought a large urban lot in Madison, WI. The first thing we did was design and install a large vegetable garden.
I may be the garden educator and blogger, but my husband works hard in the garden and yard right beside me. (Here’re your props, honey!)
Our front yard was overgrown with shrubs and weeds. You couldn’t see the house from the street. Our first project was to cut it all down. This is what it looked like right after we cleared it out.
It took us a season to build the infrastructure of our garden. This photo is from the next summer. You may notice that we also updated the house color from 60’s mint green to gray, added a welcoming green door, and installed a woodstove to keep us warm during the harsh Wisconsin winters.
Our side yard is the sunniest part of our property so we cut down the two small trees and shrub in this photo and installed another vegetable garden.
Here’s the side yard garden the next year at the height of the season. We live on a highly visible corner lot with lots of bikers and walkers. We’ve met a lot of our neighbors when they stop to ask questions about what we’re growing, compliment our hard work, and thank us for adding so much beauty to the neighborhood. It’s so fun having such a public garden!
Some of my favorite things to grow are Sungold tomatoes for fresh eating and red storage onions for using in cooking all winter. We often grow up to 500 onions a year.
I created an herb spiral in the front yard to add some year round visual interest (it looks great even in the snow!). Most nights when I’m cooking dinner I pop out with a pair of scissors to grab some herbs for my recipe.
I love having a beautiful vegetable garden with pops of color so I mix in lots of annual and perennial flowers.
I never get tired of the striking beauty of the vegetables I grow. You can often find me with a camera getting up close and personal with my harvest. These Deep Purple Carrots get me every time.
One of the most exciting times of the year in my garden is red pepper harvest!
In addition to spending lots of time in my garden, you can also find me trying delicious new recipes featuring the vegetables I grow. Like this fall favorite, lentil salad with fresh herbs and roasted butternut squash with kale and toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!
Thanks for stopping by for my garden tour. I’m so excited you’re here!!
Want more? You can take a tour of my previous garden, which was pretty cool, too, here.
If you want to see how it all came together I wrote a few posts about how we built the garden: