March 20, 2014

The beginnings of our garden

I still want to talk about the food revolution we experienced after watching those documentaries, but I just haven't quite had time to formulate my thoughts yet. I can say, though, that said "revolution" invoked a desire to grow our own food (or, more accurately, our stupidly high grocery bills have done the invoking), and we have now started our very first backyard garden. We don't really know what we're doing and so we're crossing our fingers we don't kill everything we've planted, but so far it's been a really fun thing to do together as a couple and we are so excited to eat food that we grew from babies and feel more of a connection to. 

This nursery in the photos is called It's About Thyme, and we've really, really enjoyed the couple of trips we've made there so far. Everyone is so helpful and the plants are actually cheaper than at places like Lowe's or Home Depot. We thought it would be the other way around. It's also a really fun place to snap some gorgeous photos.  I am falling more and more in love with plants and gardening and all things pure and given to us by the earth. We all really need to rekindle our connection with our planet, and I think for us, it's starting with reconnecting to the food we eat. So far it's been a nice journey. 


And in our own backyard.... if all goes well, we'll have tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, squash, zucchini, arugula, some kind of fancy lettuce, turnips, strawberries, basil, parsley, and mint. :)




38 comments:

  1. Good for you two! My husband and I are also planning to start our own garden. There is too much processed meat and junk food everywhere. Would love to watch the documentaries you did so we can have that extra push :)

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  2. Your photos are beautiful! The garden center that we typically buy from has closed, so we will have to give this place a try. We've cleaned out our beds, but need to get on planting for this year! Good luck with your veggies.

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  3. Your Photos are gorgeous! I'm sure your garden will bloom beautifully. I planted a "tester" garden last Spring and it bloomed. The only thing I'll warn you about is protect your plants from the heat from our summers. My tomatoes died last year because of the scorching sun :(

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  4. Love that nursery! Plant your mint on it's own as it will take over all those other cute little veggies sooner than later. :)

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  5. I started a similar project last year. Most of the things you'll be growing are pretty easy to grow and give produce. It's to make them give LOTS of produce that will prove a little more challenging. Enjoy it. We certainly do... and you're right, eating food you grew yourself feels awesome!

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  6. Go girl! We have wanted to start one for so long and just keep putting it off. It's so great but also kind of intimidating!

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  7. Good luck with the garden! I remember being little & helping my grandpa in his garden! It was so fun! I've yet to try my own though.

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  8. Such a fun and relaxing date to go to a nursery! I love your little half smile/smirk thing...too cute!

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  9. Kudos to you guys! I can't wait to do this this summer too! :) Love all the gorgeous pics!

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  10. the place looks so beautiful! I think is a great idea to plant your own veggies and herbs, can't wait to se how it goes for you ;) ...I wish I had a garden!

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  11. We are growing our first garden too! My husband grew up with one, but this is all new to me. We had mint behind a house we used to rent and it spread like crazy, so maybe keep an eye on yours, if you're planting it in the yard and not a pot. Your yard will smell wonderful though!!

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  12. Every day I'm more convinced I just need a warmer climate in my life. But alas, we're expecting snowfall this week, and nothing has come alive quite yet. But those mere 4-6 months of nice weather, I AM TAKING ADVANTAGE! And I will have home grown herbs and all!

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  13. I just said this week that I wanted to start a garden! I've never been into that, but this year, it just seemed like something fun and plus I think it would make our little balcony look good! I love the kinds of things you guys chose and I would be interested in growing some food, too, that sounds convenient, healthy, and fresh!

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  14. Inspiring! Growing your own veg and herbs is a lot of hard work, but it just feels right (free therapy!!) - lovely to be able to pick your own and even more rewarding to tuck into!!!

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  15. Lusting for this right now! I live in the northeast and we still have a few cold days in the forecast. :( I need some flowers!!
    xo kristen genevieve

    sunnywithachanceoflemons.blogspot.com

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  16. wish i had a backyard! damn city-living!

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  17. It's my dream to have a garden someday! I used to garden with my mom growing up and loved it! There is nothing better than getting fresh fruit and veggies from the yard that you've grown yourself! What a fun thing for you and Mathew to do together! I always tell Andrew that's my requirement for when we move out of SF, I need property with a yard for a garden!

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  18. These photos are absolutely stunning. I used to go to the nursery with my parents on the weekends when I was a kid, so it brought back some lovely memories :) It makes me happy to hear about more and more people growing their own food. I grew up in Santa Cruz, California (a total hippie town) so I was used to everyone having gardens in their backyard. It's so nice to keep hearing about people deciding to give it a try. I don't have one right now because my husband and I live in a condo in San Diego without a yard, but I can't wait for the day we can start our own! Best of luck! Also, your blog is beautiful, so glad I stumbled upon it!


    -Emily St. John
    msmelange.com

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  19. These are some of my favorite photos I've ever seen on this blog. That documentary got me too. I can't wait until I have a yard (and water, um Texas drought) to be able to grow some things.

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  20. we did our first ever garden last summer and it was way more successful than I could have imagined! not as much maintenance as i expected and we didn't kill anything ;)

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  21. I second the mint comment(s) - mint will take over. It's nice though because it comes back :). Tomatoes love a lot of sun and a lot of water (p.s. watch your water bills). I wish I could say I've had more luck with strawberries here but I haven't (not cool enough/birds/squirrels get the few I get). But you should get some good bumper crop, and we've grown amazing greens like kale! Try the Natural Gardener if you're down south. They give great talks on the weekends :).

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  22. I have no green thumb at all, but man, those are some awesome plants!

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  23. We had our own little "food revolution" last year too--and I'm telling you, you have GOT to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I have a feeling you would just love it! In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan is also good, as is the book Fast Food Nation.
    Just in case you're looking for some reading to back up this new revolution :)

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  24. Yay for gardening! I love this! Living in a tiny Asian apartment doesn't leave much room for gardening, even windowsill growing! I can't wait to eventually move back home and have a tiny garden of my own. :) Nothing like FRESH vegetables!

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  25. Sarah Ann Cox-KussMarch 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    This is FAB! I hate I missed going... I'm still bringing my pots next time I visit! You and your hubs are adorable! Lovely shoot! Happy Spring!!!Xxxoo

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  27. Alexandra MaldonadoMarch 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I love this! I'm dying to start my own garden.

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  28. Such pretty pictures! And you managed to get Matthew in one. Crazy. PS. You look gorgeous.

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  29. I would give anything to live in TX right now... Stupid snow in New York isn't even close to melting and I'm freezing my tail off. Can't even think about no garden here and that just sucks after looking at your sunny pictures.

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  30. So exciting! There's nothing like a fresh garden!

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  31. That photo of you?! AMAZZZING. You are gorgeous.

    Excited for you about your garden. Cooking is that much more enjoyable when you can just run out back and grab the ingredient, fresh!, that you need!

    Are you still using your Sigma? I'm about to make the purchase... I'm guessing you're still loving it??

    And, finally, loved your post on parenting. I laughed outloud at dying to self. That could not be said any more beautifully and honestly than that.

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  32. Hey Amanda, thanks love! :) And yes, I adore my Sigma 50 1.4. It's such a fabulous lens, I highly recommend it!

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  33. That was supposed to say 85 1.4, I just changed it!

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  34. Thanks, Jenni! So good to know. Your photos are absolutely incredible. You've sold me!

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  35. This is such a wonderful blog! i read it almost everyday!! This blog HERE is actually a lot like yours! check it out? hugs and kisses ^^

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  36. Right now, our weekly CSA deliveries keep us satisfied with fresh-off-the-farm fruits and veggies, but I can't wait until we live somewhere with a backyard where we can have our own garden and perhaps a few chickens for fresh eggs. So excited for you guys!

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  37. Lovely photos, Jenni! I've been planning to start a backyard garden this year as well and this post gave me more inspiration :) It's still a little too early here in Connecticut, but I'm going to start making plans!

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  38. aamna@thenomadicfamily.comApril 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    i loved the way you people worked jenni... you people are awesome.i wish i could join you people. loved your parking and nursery thing... very good post. keep it up.

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