Now for today's story which is a recap of my square foot garden for last year. This year I have big plans for my garden and I will also be planting fruit trees and blueberry bushes. I am very excited about producing more food:)
I originally chose to do a square foot garden for the ease of it. With our ever changing life and projects I thought this would be a good idea. It is very easy for a beginner gardener, your soil quality doesn't matter because you mix your own, and it doesn't require much weeding.
Geting ready to add more compost. I really need to start my own compost pile.
My new raised bed for the strawberry plants I ordered from the 4-H.
My new plants:). Since my house is off grid and I have so few windows I can't start my own tomatoes and peppers. Their seeds can't be planted directly into the ground so I need those plants. Each year my stepdaughter and I go to the local High School where they sell plants for a very good price. This year we were so excited to go to the High School but when we got there they changed the way they have been doing things for years. They were only selling larger plants at twice the price. Since we have more than a month before we can plant them in the garden this would not work. We were very disappointed but we did go to the local Garden store and found our plants there:)
This is the first year I planted lettuce and spinach. It is an early crop so I was happy not to have to wait.
My little spinach coming up.
I also planted some peas and used tomato cages to help them stay supported.
My strawberry plants.
The weather has been warm so I added my tomato plants and also added string for my green(pole) beans to grow on.
Some extra plants. Once again I bought to many. I just can't seem to resist, Mike says I would turn the whole back yard onto a garden if I could. So...what's wrong with that, lol.
The peas are blooming.
I think I have every available square filled:)
And then some. It seems I ran out of room so I went into our building to look for some scrap lumber. I found some boards, grabbed the drill and screws and added on to my garden, lol. Mike says I'm nuts.
Look at that beautiful lettuce:)
My pole beans are doing well. I am training them to climb up the string. I am never happy with my pole bean trellises. Some day I have to come up with the perfect solution. Any ideas????
The yellow squash, zucchini and peas are doing well.
This is the first time I tried to train my cucumbers to grow vertically. They are pretty heavy so you have to make sure they are tied to the string until they are long enough to wrap around themselves. This worked well.
Uh oh....I hate when the cows are behind my garden.
Oh and you can see the Japanese Beetle bag in the above picture. Here is where you can find them, Link. They really do help on the amount of Japanese Beetles that used to eat my pole bean leaves. I will have another one this year although they are pretty gross to empty.
My cucumbers are doing great:):)
The squash is really coming along.
At some point right after these pictures the cows reached over the back fence and pulled out all of my pole beans. I was not happy with the cows that day to say the least.
Even so I had a lot of food from my garden. I made a lot of zucchini bread and even canned yellow squash relish and zucchini relish for the first time. My friends loved the zucchini relish. I really liked the yellow squash relish especially on hot dogs:) This year I plan to have more food and get more food canned up.
Yesterday was actually the first day for 2013 that I got to play in my garden. I turned it all up and got it ready for new plants and seeds. I will be planting some lettuce and spinach this week.
Mike and I have also started working around the property during the good weather breaks. Soon we will be working full force and we can't wait:):)
Have a wonderful week and I will write again on Thursday and next Monday.