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July 11, 2019

The School House Garden Update


The School House Garden Update

I'm a new gardener and pretty green, but I love experimenting and just growing pretty things.  The School House is just down the road from a couple of great produce farms with plenty of the staples, so I like to grow things that are harder to find - herbs, flowers, and heirloom varieties.  I think once you get bit by the gardening bug it is hard to shake - I've grown to get so much enjoyment out of it.  It is the project that never ends and I love it.

I thought I'd share an update on the School House Garden today.  I shared my master garden plans earlier in the spring and now we're in the thick of the summer growing season.  The garden is really growing well now after a slow start due to wet and cold conditions.  We were just there yesterday and in just the last couple of weeks everything has really taken off - this is the point of the summer when it is too hot to want to weed, but the weeds grow like crazy.  I spent an hour weeding this week to try to keep up.  I'm sure I'll lose the battle at some point : )



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 Last year when we purchased The School House (which serves as our headquarters + where all of the product is stored and shipped, more details here if you are new!) we did lots of new plantings.  My favorite is the mass of hydrangeas tucked into the corner.


We have 6 lilacs that are growing along the fence line that should be beautiful in a couple of years.


I started with 3 hydrangea (Nantucket Blues), then quickly added 3 more.  I was planning to enrich the soil to make sure they were blue blooms, but when the pink started developing I loved it too, so we just went with it this year.   This is the most exposed corner and enjoyed by everyone heading down the road to Pat's produce farm.  I love that we're adding some life to this old building that was a little neglected for a while.



We have all white Annabelle Hydrangeas at our house, so I wanted to have some color at The School House.




I started a grouping of pots on the front porch that I change out seasonally.  During the spring it was all pansies.


We brought an old picnic table from our house and settled it underneath this shady spot.  We use it for coffee or lunch (when it was cooler).  It will be great this fall for bonfire dinners.  (It was $100 from Lowes!)


The Vegetable Garden

We have picked some cherry tomatoes, a few cucumbers and plenty of herbs.  We've completely harvested all of the carrots and spinach and replaced them with zinnias.  We need to do the same for the lettuce patch, but I haven't decided what to replace it with. 


Our big harvest will be our heirloom tomatoes in a week or two that will last through September.  We plan to make salsas and our favorite Heirloom Tomato Sauce (recipe link and photo from last years batch) we use all year long.




Cucumbers climbing.


This is a patch of wildflowers we spread.  It has been fun to see the tiny little blooms pop up and surprise us.

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