We had to start by tilling the space (it's about 7 feet x 7 feet) and creating hills and valleys so the water could flow through without getting the leaves wet (which will create mildew). I should have taken a before pic, but here's what it looked like a couple of weeks ago after we'd planted almost everything:
We planted corn, Dixie squash, heirloom tomato, cherry tomato, cucumber, zucchini, red bell pepper, basil, cilantro, and lettuce. We already had fingerling potatoes, chives, and oregano growing along the margins. The maturation date on all these things varies pretty greatly--the cherry tomato should produce the soonest (about 50 days after planting).
Because I'd been bitten by the gardening bug hard & this wasn't enough, I bought a string bean plant and potted it with trellis behind the pot (they need something to grow up!). I also got an artichoke which is currently living in a pot, but eventually needs to be put in the ground, as they get very big! My windowsill has a little tomato, red pepper, and a few strawberry plants. :)
Imagine my excitement when I discovered that my squash plant is already boasting two teeny baby squashes!
Aren't they adorable?! I cannot wait till they're big enough to eat. There isn't much more satisfying than eating right out of your garden. The cherry tomato plant is about five times as big as it was when we planted it, too!
Now all I need to do is learn how to make my own mozzarella so we can have truly home-grown caprese salads this summer.
I thought watering & upkeep would be a lot of work, but I am so excited to get out there every day. I even go sit by the garden on days when it doesn't need any water, just to admire the plants. I can't believe I didn't do this sooner! It almost makes me want to move to the country so I could have acres of vegetables and fruits planted . . . but not quite. Ha.
So basically I'm trying to talk everyone I know into planting something, even if it's just in a pot on your deck. So satisfying.
Do you have any new hobbies of late? Tell me about them!