A Birthday In The Garden At il garage  

A fun dining experience   

il garage Is In A Double-Dual Garage On The Property Of Park Avenue

We were hoping to have Carri and Greg with us but alas, Carri had to work! Greg was quite amazed and didn't know il garage existed.  We had a super evening!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
We arrived at 5:15

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Greg was amazed at the seating arrangements

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
We ordered wine and then headed to the gardens

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Simple settings... Very appropriate

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The garden was beautiful

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Everything was nicely labeled

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The leeks are on their way

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Cauliflower was ready to create the fruit

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
It does not pump water... Nice ambience

Did You Know? - Raised-bed gardening is a form of gardening in which the soil is formed in 3 – 4 foot (1.0–1.2 m) wide beds, which can be of any length or shape. The soil is raised above the surrounding soil (approximately 6 inches to waist-high), is sometimes enclosed by a frame generally made of wood, rock, or concrete blocks, and may be enriched with compost.

The vegetable plants are spaced in geometric patterns, much closer together than conventional row gardening.

The spacing is such that when the vegetables are fully grown, their leaves just barely touch each other, creating a microclimate in which weed growth is suppressed and moisture is conserved.

Raised beds produce a variety of benefits: they extend the planting season, they can reduce weeds if designed and planted properly and reduce the need to use poor native soil. Since the gardener does not walk on the raised beds, the soil is not compacted and the roots have an easier time growing.

The close plant spacing and the use of compost generally result in higher yields with raised beds in comparison to conventional row gardening.

Waist-high raised beds enable the elderly and physically disabled to grow vegetables without having to bend over to tend them.

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Red cabbage heads are forming

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Three tomatoes only... It is, after all, winter

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Another 30 days and they will be on your table

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
What... Blank space?

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Our wine is served

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
This soil will grow anything!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Just for the ambience or did you see a small tractor?

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Blue berries were looking good

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The garage doors are opened onto the garden area

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Springing forth

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Broccoli was just forming

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
So very green!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Mother Nature is amazing....

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Do not spill the wine

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Spinach looked so healthy

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
A martini in the garden... Life is good!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The beets are about three week away

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
You could smell the onions

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Salad on the table next week

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The beet tops were perfect!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The marigolds are good for chasing away certain critters

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Serious study underway

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The heat barrier is being put up... It's going to be toasty inside

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The wild flowers are used on the tables...

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
"Would you little fellers like a drop of wine?"

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Looks like Christmas... Reds and greens

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Open area for tomatoes we bet!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
A peek through the hedge doorway

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The curtains are up and the room is being heated

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The lights just came on!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
They have everything planted

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
How did this begonia sneak in?

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The lemon tree is just starting to come out of its winter hibernation

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Grandma approves

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Amazing!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
We had to drag him inside

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Greg may be talking to the little plants

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Getting ideas!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Another few weeks and they will be picking!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Nicely done! Time to go inside and dine!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
We decided it was for decoration only

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
"Can I drive it??"

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
The view through the plastic was just fine!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
It actually runs!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
We could not stay away from the bread!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
All smiles!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Then the lights come on!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
1 1/2 pound of lobster served with pasta

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Various beets

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Wow!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Looks too good to eat!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Happy birthday Greg

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
What a great meal!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
See you on the 405!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
OMG... He is driving it!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Hey, after all, it is a birthday!

Dining at Il Garage to celebrate Greg's birthday
Simply delicious!