this was a project we started in june, getting ready for the summer and wanting to grow our own vegetables. why not, right? bobby and i talked about putting the garden in the side yard where he stores his camaro. it's the perfect little space that gets great sunlight throughout the day. the rest of our yard is very shady - and in need of some major gardening tlc. but that's a project for another time.
the first weekend we researched containers, went to the hardware supply store and got to work. bobby and jordan built the containers from treated wood. he made 4 boxes measuring 3 feet by 5 feet. they came together in a weekend and we were good to go.
one box for herbs: basil, thyme, parsley and mint. one box for tomato plants: cherry, roma, regular. one box for zucchini and bell peppers and one for the strawberry plants.
the herbs i knew would do well. i've grown mint before and know how it can take over. between that and the basil they overshadowed the parsley and thyme so those two didn't make it or are lost underneath the other plants.
we've run into a few issues along the way. probably the number one mistake was planting too much. the boxes are very cramped. we easily could have cut our choices in half. we were being over zealous i guess. lesson learned.
we haven't found any tomato worms but we did have some strange fungus growing. hopefully we got rid of it all. i forget to cut the flowers off the basil and i know that is a important to keep them growing. i try to go out in the morning before the bees attack to do that but there are so many.
i love going out to the garden every morning to see what's changed. i took these pictures to show the growth over the summer:
the best part is that we use what we grow.
|this morning's bounty|