Well, you all might or might not know about my attempts at gardening. If you were a follower last spring, then you know I was determined to grow at least one little carrot (well, not a carrot, but one little something...anything!). It was a big learning year. We managed to eek out a handful or two of strawberries, got a couple of cucumbers (most didn't pollinate right), and a whole slew of cherry tomatoes and a few hot peppers and tiny bell peppers. Not too shabby.
This year I wanted to try again, and after watching this documentary (Back to Eden), I was inspired to give raised bed gardening a try, combining it a bit with square foot gardening since there aren't many areas in my back yard that get a substantial amount of sunshine each day. I also decided to stick with the tried and true front little "bed" and my container garden on the deck, though I did buy bigger pots this year. With this method, I use a lot less water because the natural mulch holds in the moisture longer another plus for our budget.
I am trying to switch over to all heirloom, but didn't get to this year. I did support my local farmer's market though and purchased some plants from there. Hoping next year will be a straight heirloom year.
BTW, if you haven't already watched the above-mentioned documentary, it's really chock full of information and just good fun about God's covering and how this man came to garden the way he does. My favorite part is when he tells a man that he needs to "ask his mentor" about something, then he goes inside and prays. I think we often forget God is everything to us. That just tickled me when he said that though, lol. :)
Okay, back to my garden. Since this is the first time sharing with you, have some pretty pics and it might get a little long. To break it up and make it easier to digest (pardon the pun), will separate the areas into separate posts and include the pics there. :)
What have you planted this year? How is your garden doing?
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