So for the last month we have been getting the garden done. We have been tilling, raking, mulching, landscaping, planting, etc… I am almost done. Still have a couple tomatoes to go. Here is a picture of the whole large garden
It is double the size of last year. We have ventured into new crops. I have planted potatoes, onions (Red and white), garlic, cauliflower, shallots, beets, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, 45 tomato plants, 24 pepper plants, a pumpkin, watermelons, green beans, lettuce, wax beans, cantaloupes, midget melons, corn (3 varieties) and sunflowers.
THey are fairing pretty well so far with the exception of my garlic 😦 I did have to fight some aphids on my tomatoes. We have been having lots of rain. I am praying we don’t have the bad storms they are calling for.
As for ‘landscaping”. I did purchase landscape fabric (and used last years leftovers) and then put grass clippings over it to keep out the weeds. I still have a bunch more to do but have to wait for the grass to grow. you could also use newspapers for this.
Along with Christmas joy came the joy of various seed catalogs in my mailbox. I compared catalogs and this year decided with the saving coupons to go with Gurney’s.
Last year we had 16 tomato plants, 10 pepper plants, baby bear pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon and lambkin melons. The corn died out cause of the drought. The tomatoes and peppers did wonderful. I watered them throughout the summer. Cucumbers were okay. Zucchini were okay. Pumpkins were great. Lambkin melons and watermelon were also good.
THis year my husband wants to go big or go home to say. OMG!!! He wants everything!!! I told him for the wild pumpkins and melons he will have to dig a separate garden plot. We put them in between our tomato plants last year and they grew all over the place.
I have my Gurney’s order ready for bush green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, potatos, garlic, watermelon, pumpkins, cherry tomatos and strawberry plants. I will buy my tomatos and peppers from a local nursery.
Last year I tried starting things from seeds and didnt know I needed a transition to outside weather. Almost all of my plants ended up dying because they were not used to the sun outside.
I will probably also get green onion bulbs. I plan to plant the garlic around the edges to keep away small animals even though we have a fence. I want a couple rows of onions and potatoes to store. I want to can salsa, spaghetti sauce and green beans. If not can green beans freeze them. The cherry tomato plants last year I put in containers and that worked great. I named them all “Bob” and even shared a plant with my mom and friend. My peppers that I started from seed were just blooming when fall hit so I dug them up and gave them to my dad for his greenhouse and he got peppers from them this winter.
I am so excited about these new growing and preserving experiences. I cant wait to share my new experiences with you all.