gardening · Health and Wellness · Homestead

Garden – Year 1

 

This is our first year of a full garden!  Full for us anyway.  Let me start at the beginning…

When we had to rehome our precious hens last year after the hurricane, our first thought was to sell the 2 pens we had put together as our enclosure for the chickens and their coops.  But winter came, time slipped away and then I had an epiphany!!!

Since we have 3 small dogs that would absolutely destroy a garden, I thought it would be a perfect place to put our very first “in-ground” garden!  I had done some container gardening up to this point, so I was really excited!!!!  The big bonus was the shade covers over the entire 30 x 10 area – the birds wouldn’t be able to swoop in for a fruit or veggie snack!

When our farmer market open this spring, I went to check it out…and there were starter plants!!!  Not knowing exactly what I was getting myself into, I got 4 containers of each of these plants:  Watermelon, Squash, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes!  I had already gotten 5 Strawberry plants from another homesteader friend.

I got the ground ready, and planted my little starter plants.  They were so cute!  I only used 2/3 of the area I had, but I soon realized that I was going to have to move some of those running plants!!!  I had NO idea how quickly they spread!

 

Now we have TONS of cucumbers, a good amount of squash, several nice sized watermelons developing – on in a hammock hanging from the fence (his fence mate fell off – I was wondering if it would hold or not – so he got his own hammock to finish growing!

Watermelon Hammock

The tomato plants are HUGE and producing very well, the bell peppers are delicious and sort of at a standstill right now after picking all the mature “bells”.  I definitely need to do more research on the strawberries…they are a confusing bunch for me.

 

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All in all, it’s been a good season so far – we can’t wait for those melons to ripen!  But, I have alot of studying to do for next year!!  I’m thinking about some raised beds too, adding jalapeños, beans, onions, and we might try some potatoes!

At least now I know how much room all those vining plants need!!!!!!

Until next time…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

 

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