Jenny’s Edibles and Blooms was and is a labor of love. It all started with the development of my own vegetable garden in Falmouth, MA. For years I inter-planted my vegetables in perennial beds. I struggled to carve out space for my crop and had too many rabbit catastrophes to be recounted. Ultimately I decided to do the site prep required to have a dedicated vegetable garden. We cleared a few trees to improve the light, leveled the grades and brought in some beautiful soil. My garden now is actually situated over a section of my old gravel driveway. The garden is also highly visible, situated between my parking area and the house. I walk by it each time I enter and leave my house. I look at it from my kitchen window. Its location is ideal. It allows for ease of harvest, constant enjoyment and makes it much more difficult to neglect.
In designing the garden, I spent countless hours at the local public library poring over design books for ideas. I was most intrigued and inspired by the traditional kitchen garden, known as a potager. Practical and beautiful. The end result of my days at the library, and hours with graph paper, is the 17 x 18 foot plot illustrated in the slide show below. There are eight raised beds ranging in sizes from 3′ x 3′, 4′ x 4′ to 3′ x 6′. Each site is unique. In my garden, these sizes maximized my planting area, allowed for ease of harvest/working the site, and arranged in a thoughtful way, resulted in a space that is aesthetically pleasing. I designed and built the beds by hand using Port Orford cedar. The fence enclosing the plot I also built and installed. It is made of Locust trees harvested off my property during the site preparation. I employ the concepts of square foot gardening and vertical gardening with trellises to maximize my yield.
During the winter months, I peruse seed catalogues. In addition to my favorites and some of the classics, I like to look for interesting and unique offerings not readily available at the local nursery. I grow the seeds on a grow-light stand, which I designed and built. It lives in my kitchen during the late winter and early spring, and brings me constant joy and hope as the winter months pass.
My intention initially was just to start enough seeds for my own garden. Invariably, I would have some extra seedlings that I couldn’t bear to compost and would give to friends. My seedlings were so well received, that I decided to scale things up the following year: More seedlings, broader clientele. And so was born Jenny’s Edibles and Blooms. Today our mission is twofold: to offer unique, hierloom, high quality, organically grown edibles and ornamentals and to make it possible for you to enjoy the vegetable garden of your dreams.