Garden in the Woods: Our Cabin Garden this Year

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Last summer was our first experiment with gardening at our cabin. We started with three raised beds that Darin made from native eastern hemlocks from our yard. Although this first garden barely got 5 hours of full summer  sun each day, it was a success! Last year we harvested kale, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, and green peppers.

This year, we went bigger. A lot bigger! Our first timber beds are now nicknamed the lincoln log garden and we’ve expanded to a few new plots. Of course they all have names, too. Moon garden is pictured in the last photo above. It’s a large half-raised, half moon-shaped, rock bed and the nearby hemlocks make it quite shady for part of the day. There we are growing potatoes, beets, carrots, arugula, and russian kale – all started from seed!

We also have an herb spiral this year! It’s in a partly sunny, partly shady spot, so we’ll see how it works. There we have chives gifted from my mom’s garden, basil, parsley, dill, sage, rosemary, and cilantro. We tried starting dill, cilantro, oregano, and basil from seed, but ended up buying already started plants. The bucket of brownish water at the bottom of the spiral is Darin’s (it’s his piece of architecture) little “frog pond” that you see in some herb spiral designs. I tried to convince him it would be a mosquito breeding bucket, but to no avail. We live sandwiched between a forest and a wetland, so there is no shortage of insects, frogs, dragon and damsel flies, and even turtles in our yard!

I hope to continue to update you on how our garden progresses this year. These photos were actually taken back on June 10th one evening when I noticed pretty late afternoon light on parts of the garden. It already looks so different now!

Blog Housekeeping: I’ve updated the blog with a new logo! My talented cousin created a beautiful, hemlock-inspired logo for my portfolio site and I recently repurposed it (not quite as skillfully) for this blog as well. I’ve also updated my page with seasonal categories that I hope to keep updated with new posts. Plus, there’s a link to my Etsy shop, Hemlock Adventures, which I now share with Darin. I plan to start selling photo prints in the shop again later this summer! In the meantime you’ll find our handmade tree cookies (hemlock, beech, or birch) in the shop.

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