2 years ago, this is what my garden looked like...
This year, we decided to up the game a bit. Hubby decided it was time to contain my containers so they didn't completely take over the patio! A quick trip to Home Depot, a couple 2x12's, some garden cloth, and a few bags of dirt later, this is what I got this year!
I had already started everything in the containers, and I didn't want to risk killing everything by transplanting, so the containers just went into the box! In addition, I picked up a strawberry plant, and by this time, it was time to plant the pumpkins and watermelons. The watermelons are the row in the middle, and the pumpkins are to the right. This was in early June this year. Starting from the back left, I have 2 containers of carrots, followed by 2 containers of beans. Next row is 2 containers of radishes, a container of potatoes, and a container of sunflowers. In front of that is some onions, cucumbers, and 2 containers of snap peas. The other small containers are some sort of flower (I can't remember what exactly it was that my son picked out!), peppers, and broccoli.
Fast foward a few weeks, and the garden liked where it was growing!
The pumpkins took off, and the peas got so tall that they fell over and I had to come up with a way to give them more support! I think something ate the sunflower seeds, as they never sprouted! I've never had any luck with broccoli or peppers, so there's nothing growing in those containers. Oh well...there's always next year to try again! I also didn't get to the radishes in time, and they've gone to seed, but I really don't know what to do with them, so I'm just leaving them alone and seeing what happens!
A few days later, the pumpkins escaped from the garden box!
The watermelon plants took off too, and I've got so many runners for the strawberries that I'm trying to pawn them off on my family and friends to keep them from taking over too!
We've had a little friend living in the garden for the last couple of weeks too!
He's decided to take up residence in the gone-to-seed radish containers and I often find him in the carrots too. I'm pretty sure he's not hurting anything, so I'm just letting him be. My son thinks it's fun to look for our little froggy friend when we go to water everything too!
It's fun to go out and look every day and see how much the pumpkin plants have taken over! This is what I walked out to yesterday...
My pumpkins and watermelon have several flowers on them! There's a couple of cucumbers growing as well (finally!). I've harvested enough beans to use for a meal, and they were delicious! I am the only one in the family that likes peas, and I've been picking at least half a dozen of those a day for the last couple of weeks! I have to fight the dog for the peas though, as she loves them as well. I think she may have been the one that got into the garden last week because I happened to look one morning and discovered the pea plants were knocked over into the pumpkins! There were only a couple casualties to the pumpkin plants, and I think the peas didn't suffer too much harm. I have no clue how long I'll keep getting peas, but they sure make for a tasty snack in the evenings when I get home from work and before I decide to work on dinner!
Next year, I'll have to do some more research and plan things out a bit better so I don't have plants taking over and choking each other out! Can't wait to harvest the rest of what we're growing throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall!
Stay tuned for more garden updates! Hopefully I'll actually devote some more time to blogging here again! Until next time...