This weekend was the first weekend that Cage Free Dad was home after his 2-month-long training course out-of-state. Needless to say, Pistache and I were very excited to spend time with him! Not only that, we had many projects to complete now that he was back to help. The most important was to start our veggie garden! We’ve been really looking forward to our garden this year, after using last year as a learning experience (hello, fertilizer and compost!)
Not only did we do a lot more to our soil this year, but we also re-thought our growing plans. Last year, we thought it would be fun to grow a wide variety of plants so we’d have lots of different veggies to eat all season. However, the few plants that did produce last year, didn’t produce enough to keep us from buying veggies at the store. So, this year we decided that instead of coming up with a long list of plants to grow, we’d rather fill our (much larger) garden bed with just a small variety but a lot of each plant.
The final planting verdict in our bed this year (which is about 10×20) includes:
- 8 jalepeno plants
- 8 okra plants (a little early)
- 14 tomato plants
- 4 cucumber plants
- 3 red bell peppers
- 4 chives
- small patch of carrots
We’ve got a separate bed in a different part of the yard that includes 5 strawberry plants as well. All in all, I’m excited for our prospects this year! I’m envisioning lots of fresh and canned tomatoes and pickles, as well as salsa and fresh carrots on the table this summer. Yum!
If this bed is a success this year, we’ve already got plans to make another bed the same size for next growing season, and we’ll add green beans and purple hull peas to the mix as well. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed for a great growing season and a successful garden!
Have you planted your garden yet? What are you growing?