Last year was our first attempt at growing a garden at our new home. We had bountiful gardens in SLC and ate from them for most of the summer. The altitude difference between Salt Lake City and Park City is significant enough to change our timing and methods quite a bit. The “don’t plant before Mother’s Day” rule shifts to Father’s Day, and early September can bring the first freeze. While the growing season is shorter in Park City, we were hopeful, and we worked hard. We call last year’s garden a success (and a labor of love). True, we did have a poor showing from the hot peppers, lost lettuce to bolting, and had to pull tomatoes off the vine early and let them ripen wrapped in newspaper. But we learned a lot, and we were eager to try again this season!
With gorgeous, sunny June weather, I got a little anxious for green things and color on the back patio. So before Father’s Day, I got our potted porch garden going: mint, Italian parsley, rosemary, lavender. I added a strawberry vine to the mix (eee!) and added a few flowers for color: dahlias, marigolds, and peonies. We had snow that week, so my plant babies came inside for a few days, but seem to be thriving now!
The actual garden zone needed some prep work before planting. Last year, John and our friend, Chris, built amazing garden boxes with hinged screen doors, to keep out the many critters who share our back hill with us. This year, John and my brother, Matt, stained all of the wood. Then, John removed the lids and prepped the soil, using our own compost for the first time. Please note the hardy chive plant that survived a Park City winter! We removed him and planted him in a big pot.
We get most of our veggies and herbs from the Park City Nursery. It’s such an enchanting place- I love wandering around the grounds and soaking in the rainbow of flowers. We had to supplement the garden with a few plants from Home Depot (where I met a giant Husky) and a nursery in SLC for additional lettuces. We also brought home some beautiful arrangements to make our front door lovely!
I had a string of days where migraines kept me down for the count, so this year’s garden was planted solely by John. He got the plants in the ground and arranged the soaker hoses and even sowed the lettuce seeds. Here’s what we hope to grow this season: four types of tomatoes; serrano, jalapeño, habanero, and thai chile peppers; yellow crook neck squash; dill, cilantro, basil, and thyme; and romaine and red leaf lettuces.
We’ve got about two and a half months before we’re on FREEZE watch… let the adventure begin!
Do you grow an edible garden? Share with me!
One year ago: Chocolate Caramel Oatmeal Bars.