So I decided this spring I wanted to attempt a garden this summer. I have no green thumb at all – I have a total of two plants in my house and honestly don’t know how they are still even alive. The only things I have in the flower beds around my house are self-sufficient little flowering bushes. But I thought this would be fun and a good project for the kids to see and to help out with too! So for Mother’s Day this year my husband built me a little raised garden. I read this gardening book which is about intensive and small space gardening and I thought it was great. I created my little garden plan and we headed to The Plant Farm. I decided that my very first year attempting a garden that I wanted to make sure some things grew, so I opted to buy plants starts. The kids and I did do a few seed starts inside the month before, but the only things that survived were the peas (which I’ve planted in my garden).
We have had an extremely cold spring so far – it has yet to reach 80 degrees (possibly supposed to hit that tomorrow which is 8 days PAST the old record of the longest time before hitting 80 degrees). Lots and lots of rain and hail storms too. And very little sun. Not sure this was the best spring to attempt my first garden. But it seems to be hanging in there OK. I planted zucchini (2 plants), sweet peppers (4 plants), melons (3 plants), peas (several from seed and two plants), strawberries (2 plants), variety of lettuce, cucumbers (2 plants), radishes, tomatoes (1 plant in garden and two in topsy turvies), winter squash (1 plant), and broccoli (4 plants). Then some magnolia flowers and Nasturtiums (by seed) for accents (and the book said those help pollinate and keep bugs at bay). The radishes have already died and my melons, cucumbers, and strawberries don’t look very well. Everything else seems to be growing though, so that is good! Really hoping the cucumbers end up surviving though!
Anyone have any gardening tips for this first time gardener here? What have you found grows really well? What isn’t worth the time? Any tips and/or suggestions you have, I’d love to hear! Hopefully I’ll be able to update in another month or so that my garden is continuing to grow and has started producing some things!
A couple images of my little garden (all taken with my iPhone)
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