I’ve had a great day in the garden today, the weather was just perfect for digging! Homestead hubby dug out some tired plants from the front garden, then dug the soil over. I added some lovely compost from the chicken run, then planted some annual flowers. The front garden needed a bit of a brighten up now that all the French Lavender has been cut back. It flowered beautifully all through spring, but needed a bit of a tidy up ready for summer. I am hoping that a little hard work this week will mean we have lovely flowers over the summer. As well as planting some annuals, I planted three new pig face plants, which I propagated earlier in the spring. It was lovely to have a supply of free plants to choose from!

Lovely Lebanese Cucumbers just ready to begin harvesting!
Lovely Lebanese Cucumbers just ready to begin harvesting!

The veggie garden in the back yard is going really well too. I have finally got the hang of successional planting, so that we always have something to harvest! Today I was able to top up some of the soil in the empty spots in the garden with lovely home made compost from the chicken run. I have learned that even with my raised garden beds I can stagger my planting.  At the moment we have just begun to pick cucumbers and zucchini, but will plant some new seedlings to extend the harvesting season. I have read that one zucchini plant is enough for a family, but I have planted three and so far that is working out well. There is a lovely recipe for zucchini slice here.

One of my raised garden beds filled with Lebanese Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, lettuce and endive.
One of my raised garden beds filled with Lebanese Cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, lettuce and endive.
Wonderful zucchinis, just beginning to produce.
Wonderful zucchinis, just beginning to produce.

Zucchini’s are so versatile, and can be used to bulk up so many family meals, finely grated zucchini can be added to many dishes to increase the veggie content.  Zucchini could easily be added to Moussaka or these veggie fritters.  I have a nice recipe for chocolate zucchini loaf, so I will post that soon!

Another raised garden bed, planted at one end and ready for planting at the other.
Another raised garden bed, planted at one end and ready for planting at the other.

Well, I hope you’ve had a little time to get out into the garden. Even if you just plant a pot of herbs, you can’t go past the benefits of gardening. It is great exercise, a great mood enhancer, a great way to spend time outside with the kids and can even save you some grocery money over time!  So I would encourage you to spend some time outside in your garden, even if you only sit outside to have a cuppa to start with!

Beautiful Cactus flower.
Beautiful Cactus flower.