Spring is here and that means Gardening!
It is one of my most favorite time of year. I could do without the pollen of course but I love getting out there and getting my hands dirty. I enjoy doing yard work.
Last year I had a hard time keeping up with my garden. I just neglected it basically. It was sad and I was mad at myself for not taking better care of it. Two years ago I had a rocking garden. I could seriously go set up shop on the side of the road and sell my watermelons and eggplants.
This year I am determined to make my garden work. The rising cost of food is becoming too much. My family eats a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and I am going to make this work so I can feed our family for less!
I am a bit adventurous with gardening. I do not really research anything. I am a trial and error kinda girl. So I tend to grab a veggie that I have no clue if it will grow in my area and try it out. That’s how I roll.
I have 4 garden beds. Three are all together and one is off by itself.
Here is the one that is all alone I have watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, asparagus, and corn. Asparagus is one of my adventures for this year. We have had watermelon and cantaloupe before and we got a ton of it! Corn is one of the casualties of my poor green thumb last year. I also found out while corn does good with sunlight, too much is no good and it dies quickly. My husband has since decide to build a type of shade for the garden box. This way sun and rain still gets in but it doesnt beat down on the veggies. As you can tell from the picture, this is not built yet but it is coming and I will post about it another time.
The next picture is of my “main”garden beds. These have sugar snap peas, long green beans, eggplants, bell peppers of every color, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers,cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. I also have a little bench that holds posts that contain my herbs and strawberries. My herbs are rosemary, parsley, mint, and basil. I also have cilantro. I was so happy when I found cilantro. You can see the paver walkway my husband created. All I need to do to this bed is create the trails for the peas and beans to climb up and stake my peppers. Pictures will come later when that is complete.
My advice if you are just starting gardening, research what grows well in your area and start small. I started out with only 1 box and it quickly grew. I am confident enough in myself that I am even planning a fall/winter garden for the first time this year. Gardening can be fun and it will also help your grocery budget in the long run!