I’ll start with a disclaimer…

I am a beginner! I’m no expert gardener by any means. In fact, last year I planted my very first vegetable garden in the backyard of my home in Beachwood, New Jersey. Though inexperienced, I feel like I’m making up for it (at least a little) in enthusiasm. I’ve been reading a lot over the winter and now that my lillies are bursting up from the ground and my hostas are poking up through the earth, I’m ready to expand my vegetable garden to be nearly 4 times the size it was last year.

In the fall I dug up a new 8′ x 4′ bed and planted garlic to harvest this summer. I know that most grocery store garlic is treated so it won’t sprout, but that’s what I’ve planted and it looks like all but 2 cloves are coming up!

Last week a double dug another 8′ x 4′ bed mixing in compost along the way and today I began digging another new 8′ x 4′ bed. When that’s done, I’ll turn over the bed I used last year and I’ll plant my spring seeds as I’m sure we won’t be seeing anymore frost this year.

Husband is helping me by putting railroad ties around each bed and we’ll create stone paths between them. We plant to put up a little fence around all 4 beds and I’m sure it’ll be a nice feature in the yard.

I’ll add more later and create a slideshow of photos from last year’s garden.