Saturday, June 13, 2009

To Garden… Part Two

Last years harvest turned out so wonderful. I was sincerely surprised at how well I did after swearing off vegetable gardening for 15 years. We grew tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, muskmelon, cantaloupe, 10 different varieties of lettuce, chives, scallions, onions, radishes, bush beans and carrots!

Yes, we really grew all that in two small 4 x 8 foot raised gardens. We were giving away extras by the bushel! The amount you can produce in such a tiny plot is unbelievable.
Plus we had fresh food coming out of the garden every day way late into the season. Well past the time our neighbors in ground gardens had stopped producing. And there is no maintenance involved. No weeding, hoeing or soil turning. No back breaking rotatilling. Nothing. Just plant, water and enjoy! I am/was very glad I decided to Square Foot Garden.

As spring arrived this year I just couldn’t wait to get out there and get planting! With SFG you can plant much earlier in the season because the soil warms faster than in traditional in ground gardens. I set out to plant seeds in little peat pots so I could plant early. Well… those didn’t do so well and out of probably 40 pots only 10 gave me something to plant. Oh Well. I tried to get an early start at least. Maybe I’ll do better next year with those!

Two things that came back on their own were our chives (delish!) and lettuce! We have had fresh lettuce for months now. MMMMMM! So good! Hubby likes salads a lot so that makes him happy!

We planted pretty much the same this year. Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, muskmelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, chives, scallions, onions, radishes, bush beans, and carrots. And we added peppers, broccoli and peas.

I can’t wait to be pulling bushel fulls out again. I’m sure it won’t be long.
Here are some pics of our Veggie garden this year so far.


The Evans Family said...

Looks great! I love salads too! Mmm! I bet it's even better out of your garden! Looks great! I should post some pictures of our family community garden! Bryan, Dave, and their Dad planted one! We'll see how it does! Keep us updated on all the fresh veggies and fruits!

Kindra said...

So glad you are enjoying your harvests! We have been too at our house. My friend did her garden like yours. She said it worked a lot better than a regular one.