I must admit that I have really enjoyed sharing with you my favorite things…..
Not because I think you are all waiting with baited breath to hear more about what I like, but because when I think of my favorite things, it makes me happy.
My last favorite thing that I would like to share with you is a rather newer interest for me…..
I just love my new vegetable garden!
Now I have grown vegetables in the past. I had my first vegetable garden in my parent’s backyard and remember growing carrots and broccoli. But then I turned into a teenager and my budding interest in gardening was forgotten so that I could concentrate on more important things such as clothes, friends and boys 😉
In college, I had to grow vegetables for one of my horticulture classes and I worked hard on my school garden because I wanted to get an ‘A’ in the class.
As a professional, I have worked with clients, teaching them how to grow vegetables and I have also created vegetable gardens for service organizations.
But, I did not really get into vegetables until last year. It makes me sad to think of how many years I wasted, not experiencing the joy of growing my own vegetables.
But, it is never too late to get started. So, we selected an area in our back garden that received at least 6 hours of sunlight and then made the trip to our local big box store to get the necessary materials.
The kids were very excited too.
Because vegetables like fertile soil (who doesn’t), we bought bagged compost, aged steer manure, blood meal, bone meal and slow-release fertilizer.
Add some vegetable seeds for our summer garden and we were ready.
Now all we needed was the muscle…..
I’ve said it before and I will say it again….
Nothing says “love” more then a man who will shovel manure for you 😉
He even built the raised bed and fence for our garden.
Why did we need a fence, you may ask?
There are two reasons, named Tobey and Missy.
In our first summer vegetable garden, we grew basil, cucumbers, sunflowers, sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon.
We even grew a pumpkin!
You know how people tell you that nothing beats the taste of vegetables that you grow yourself?
They are totally right! Our vegetables were delicious. I just wished that we had more.
Soon, summer was waning and it was time to plant our winter garden. So, we added some more bagged compost, a little slow-release fertilizer and we were ready to go…..
Lettuce, broccoli, spinach, bunching onions, carrots and garlic were planted along with companion plants such as Marigolds and Nasturtiums to help repel damaging insects.
It has been so nice to be able to pick my own lettuce instead of buying bagged salad at the grocery store.
We have eaten through the broccoli, lettuce and spinach. Soon we will be able to harvest our carrots and garlic.
Soon, it will be time to plant my summer garden this March. I plan to stick with cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, basil and sunflowers. Growing watermelon and pumpkins was fun, but the vines took up a lot of room.
What about you? Do you have a vegetable garden? If so, what do you like to plant?
If you do not have a vegetable garden, why don’t you plant one? You can dig one in your back garden or build a raised vegetable garden (they are available in kits as well).
If you do not have much space, how much planting vegetables in a container? You really can!