Several years ago, I went to a small space gardening lecture with a dear friend. Marianne Binetti talked about the ability to have a small space garden that produces the fruits and vegetables that you want. I'm by no means a master gardener, but I do love to plant things and watch them grow. Marianne inspired me to take chances in the garden. Some of the things that I learned:
- Small flowerbeds are a perfect spot to mix edible flowers and lettuce
- Dwarf fruit trees are an excellent choice for corner spaces
- Nasturtium is not only an edible flower, but also helps to keep garden pests at bay
Since this is our first year in the house, I decided to go easy on planting. I'm not yet familiar with the soil or the sunlight. I decided to plant 6 fruit trees: self pollinating dwarf cherry, apple, pear and peach. I also put in rhubarb, pumpkins, strawberries, zucchini, cucumber, corn, flat leaf parsley, sweet peas and roses.
We've been pleasantly surprised as the pumpkins, zucchini and cucumbers have taken off. I've been picking about 1 zucchini a day and have a hard time keeping up with all of the production. I've pawned off zucchinis on my parents, friends, the neighbors and our fence guy. I've made zucchini bread and we've been eating a lot of fresh zucchini with dinner.
|Fresh picked zucchini and flat leaf parsley - grown in my small garden|
|Fresh zucchini and carrots|
Here's an easy recipe that we made for dinner:
1 lb pasta
1 sliced zucchini
3 large carrots, matchstick cut
1 tsp pureed garlic
fresh flat leaf parsley
Cook pasta according to box directions. In a separate pan, saute zucchini, carrots and garlic in butter and olive oil. Toss pasta and veggies, season with salt and pepper to taste and top with parsley and Parmesan cheese.