For years, I have wanted to plant a small garden, knowing it would be a good thing to learn and to have free veggies for our family. However, I have always managed to put it off for one reason or the other: lack of start up funds, new baby (ies) in the house, procrastination, etc. This year, I was determined to give it a try. I was very interested in the idea of a square foot garden, since it would be small, contained and manageable. Seemed perfect for a novice. So, I went to the website to get the basics of how to set it up (find it here) and did it!!
I was excited about planting it and maintaining it, but had no desire to build the box or set it up, so I requested Aaron do it as my mother's day present. He set it up Memorial day weekend and he did a great job! Here is how it looked in early June:
Pretty much a blank box, though at this point, if you look close, you can see a couple little cucumber sprouts in the front.
This is how it looks today:
Cool huh? I am so excited that it is growing so well! I find though, that I am learning as I go. I really had no idea what I was doing starting out and the website didn't really give any tips on individual plants. So, I just planted them all in the quadrants, based on the spacing the back of the seed packet said. I planted cucumbers, green and red peppers, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and green beans. I didn't realize until I planted them all-from seed at the end of May- that tomatoes and peppers are usually started indoors earlier in the season, or people usually just purchase the plants. So, it may be October before I get tomatoes or peppers, but they are growing well even though I just planted the seed in the soil! I also didn't know how much cucumbers branched out, so I have been working on staking them and/or directing their growth away from the other plants.
But, I am excited to be learning!! I am having some success. First of all, every single thing I planted has at least sprouted and most of it is growing quickly. My cucumber plants have little yellow flowers all over them which I assume will be cucumbers eventually. Also, I have already been able to harvest some lettuce! Check out this bowl full of lettuce grown in our own garden!
And, my green bean plants are producing beans!! (Imagine that.... ha!)
So, this is my newest venture. I already look forward to doing it again next year, applying what I have learned this year to make it even better!
I will likely post updates in the future to continue to record its progress.
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