This was our second year of having a garden, and so i thought i would share my notes on how things went, that way next Spring when we plant again i’ll have something to look back on and who knows maybe my notes might help someone else out.
This year we planted:
- green beans
- tomatoes (roma)
- raspberries (bought an already started plant & it died without giving any berries)
- bell peppers
- jalapenos (they never grew)
We started our garden at the beginning of April, which was way too soon for some plants (pumpkins) and way too late for other plants (watermelon, tomatoes).
Radishes are always super easy to grow and they are ready to harvest very quickly. If you are just starting out growing things and you want to have an easy victory, plant radishes.
We bought broccoli that was already started, yet i was surprised at how well it grew. We were able to harvest it pretty quickly (beginning of June).
For our strawberries, we also bought them already started so they were also ready pretty quickly. However, the plant ended up dying pretty quickly too. When we bought it, i just transferred it to a bigger container, next time i think putting it into the ground might be better.
Green beans did really well, i will definitely grow them again. Our peas didn’t do well this year, not sure where we went wrong there.
Tomatoes are just now starting to grow, and they are growing very tiny. I think we needed to start them sooner and also needed to spread them apart more.
Zucchini did really well. It was easy to grow. Just from the 9 zucchini plants we had, we got well over 30 zucchinis.
Watermelon and cantaloupe are still growing, we probably should have planted them sooner.
Pumpkins didn’t grow as big this year, and they were ready to be harvested sooner.
Spinach, lettuce, and cilantro were all easy to grow. Super tasty too!
I believe we planted our onions way too close to each other, so they didn’t grow that big.
Bell peppers are just now starting to grow, probably needed to start them sooner.
Carrots were another vegetable that didn’t grow that big, perhaps once again we planted them too closely.
Our cabbage grew really enormous, however they got infected with bugs so we ended up feeding all of them to our chickens.
As you can see there was sort of a pattern here this year, we planted things way too close to each other. I believe that and the weather (we had a really cool spring and beginning of summer) played a major part in how things grew and didn’t grow.
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