This is our 5th year growing our own vegetables in our backyard victory garden. It is such a satisfying feeling being in touch with nature. I discovered that there is a richer, amazing flavor to the homegrown vegetables. I’m not sure if it's because I just have too much love for them or if I'm paying more attention to the flavor since we have grown them... or maybe the flavor and nutrient weakens by the time we're able to buy them at a store. Whatever it is, I just love the whole process. And hopefully our vegetables will do well this season.
We've let our soil beds rest for 6 months this time. I've added some compost and soil amendments in between to prepare the soil. So, all we needed to do this time was to turn up the soil and add some fresh organic planting mix and top coat. Thanks to the rain we've been having, the soil was still pretty moist.
I usually rough out a sketch of where I want to place everything before we plant our veggies. Since we love tomatoes, my husband insisted on planting 3 different kinds of them this time. Better Bush Tomato, Gold Medal Heirloom Tomato, and Black Krim. Hopefully they do well :-) I was a little hesitant since it's still kind of cold here in Los Angeles right now and tomatoes love warmer weather. Crossing my fingers here.
And we also planted Blue Lake Pole Bean, Burpee's Golden Beets, Japanese Eggplant, Broccoli, Zucchini, Japanese Cucumber, and Shungiku. And I ended up sprinkling some Arugula seeds and Mustard Green Seeds in between since there was some space and we can enjoy them until the cucumber and zucchini mature and need the space to breathe.
I can't wait till we can start harvesting. Once we start getting some veggies, I'm hoping to update my blog with the good news!