Last summer I knew I wanted a garden. I had no idea what I was doing, so I started small. Uncle Nuny built me a raised bed, and I planted tons (really, too much) of vegetables. Some of them bit the dust thanks to the lawn man and stupid squirrels, but, overall, it was a successful first time gardening.
I got my love of gardening from Grandma Mac. She always had a garden and took care of it daily! I think she would love that there’s still a garden at her house!
One of the primary changes I am making this year is the compost I’m using. My uncle and I tried out mushroom compost in our gardens, and we were really underwhelmed. So this year I’m using cow manure compost. I’m hoping to see a difference in the amount & size of the vegetables.
I haven’t touched my garden in over a year. And it shows. I would like to have started on it sooner, but Flip 4 has commanded all my intention. But I played hooky from my Flip 4 duties and spent the day at my favorite garden shop and planting my garden & some pots. I don’t know about you, but getting my hands in the dirt is the best stress reliever!
I got all the weeds and rocks removed from the overgrown bed. I paid the price for not touching it in over a year! I mixed 50/50 garden soil with compost and then mixed into the bed before planting.
Last year I planted cantaloupe and it didn’t go well. This year, I planted several more tomato plants– all different varieties. What’s your favorite? I haven’t found a tomato I don’t love! I also planted lettuce, potatoes, onions, squash and zucchini and peppers. There’s still room to plant more, so I’m trying to decide what else I want to plant.
Are you gardening this year? What are you planting? What are your planting and gardening tips?
I didn’t get to the flower beds yet which are still in desperate need of attention. I did, however, utilize my vintage new-to-me pots and added some colorful annuals to add a little color & charm to my front porch. I have plans to add a lot more color and landscaping to the Flip 3 yard….it definitely needs it!