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May 16th 2012

the pea patch

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Introducing, the newest addition to our little homestead, the veggie patch!

It’s been years since we’ve grown a garden in earnest. Jasper has carried us through with his tiny pea patches but they generally consist of just beans, zucchini and broccoli and only feed us for a small window of time in the summer. We always cherish that window when we can dash out the backdoor and pick dinner right out of the garden. So, this weekend when Chris and I were supposed to be prepping dahlia beds and running irrigation lines we ditched work and sketched out our little dream plot. He ran to the hardware store, I gathered up tools and we just made it happen.



Weeds are a huge factor here and if we want to have any sort of success we knew the garden needed to be as low maintenance as possible. That’s where the raised beds and landscape fabric came in. The boxes are built out of 1×5” cedar fence boards snagged at the local home improvement store for cheap. Total, with screws, I think we spent $150. Working quickly we slammed 16 boxes out by lunch and left 2 large open spaces in the back for corn and potatoes. The whole plot measures 20x70ft. Then a quick trip to the landscape fabric scrap pile and we covered every remaining inch in black. We had high hopes of setting up drip irrigation as well but life won out and we’ll just use a sprinkler this time around.


The kids started all of the babies from seed in the greenhouse a few weeks back. The patch includes: kale, cabbage, broccoli (purple sprouting and reg.), corn, snap peas, zucchini (yellow, green and emerald), beans (pole, shelling & purple and yellow wax), lettuce, spinach, artichokes, onions (red, yellow and sweet), leeks and a bounty of herbs( oregano, parsley, rosemary, basil, cilantro, sage, thyme and tarragon).We’ll follow up later with another planting of cool season crops like: kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots and leeks to carry us through the fall.



Potatoes (fingerling, purple, red, Yukon gold and russets) will be planted in the back. Carrots, beets, radishes and another round of salad stuff will be direct sown in the remaining boxes while tomatoes and peppers will be tucked in one of the nearby greenhouses. It’s just too cool here for them to thrive outside. We also have 150ft. row outback set aside for a massive winter squash/pumpkin patch.



As the flower end of our life has grown, it has ultimately taken over our yard and life. While we’re all incredibly grateful for the abundance and success we finally put our foot down and carved out a little space for us. Yes this plot is EXACTLY the right size for another greenhouse. Ayyyeee. Oh, it has been so hard for me to let that go! But now that the little plot is in place it feels so very right.













Here’s to a wonderful summer of food, family and a little more chill.



  1. Kristy on

    This was so inspiring! If you still this patch in 2013, would love to see how went. Have been reading through your blog this weekend and it has been so inspiring. Please keep up your posting and sharing — as it truly is inspiring to others. Good luck on findings a new/bigger farm!

  2. flwrjane on

    You and your family are just amazing. The kids grew all the vegetables?

    I am overcome with admiration and jealousy.

    You all are inspirational and v. photogenic:-)

    xo Jane

  3. city on

    nice opinion.. thanks for posting.

  4. Lisa P from The Hollyhock Wall on

    Brilliant ! Outstanding efforts all round. Your children could teach some children a thing or two. It is wonderful to see how involved they are, and beside you both in all your creations. I would love to read a story to the children in school about your wonderful family life.
    Keep up the great work.

  5. tatianaalida on

    OOhh… I have goose bumps! I can almost smell the earth and feel the air cool as the sun sets in these photos. Beautiful. It's nice to see someone else thinks that taking a break from work means plotting a veggie patch!

  6. julie on

    so beautiful….i am a tad obsessed with vegie gardens at the moment. we r on a little suburban block & have a baby vegie patch at home, which is great for now. i so love picking herbs & vegies straight from the garden to add to dinner or making fresh herbal teas – lately i have been dreaming of more land – more glorious space to put in a proper vegie garden, fruit trees, etc & become more self sufficient….your gorgeous vegie patch has just left me dreaming even more.
    thanks for sharing. :) xxx

  7. Anouk Fleurs on

    Very nice! But where do you find the time to do all that? Your energy is amazing!

  8. McKenzie Powell on

    Woah, you amaze me! I honestly don't know how you do it all! So fun!

  9. Julie on

    Love. There is nothing better than picking dinner. (Well, OK, your blooms are better…but it's still lots of fun and deliciousness.) I just finished planting our new raised beds. I thought we'd be finished building them in a day–but my husband is Swiss, which means my throw-'em-together-and-get-it-done idea needed to be refined…and engineered…and measured…and leveled. A month later…I love the beds, but still–a month??? Holy moly.

    You have some seriously awesome garden helpers! Enjoy!


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