Here is my garden. Notice anything different?
Well…we originally had some green plastic mesh going around the garden to keep the dog out, but he totally figured out how to break through it. And ate all my tomatoes again. So we moved onto something a little stronger. Wire.
Oh it’s so nice to finally be finding some red tomatoes again.
I have decided since my lettuce and sweet peas are now gone from the garden to fill those empty spots with some bush peas. My father in law from Canada told me these Homesteader peas are the best, so I am going to plant them. And harvest them in September.
But as I was getting ready to plant the seeds, I noticed that I didn’t have any soil left in my garden.
I mean, seriously there is maybe 2 inches there before it hits the garden weed barrier I put in there when I first started this garden. I was puzzled, thinking “what do I do now?” I refuse to go and buy more of my perfect mix dirt formula. I have purchased more dirt for this little garden each year – and I am putting my foot down. This is getting too expensive.
No more spending money on soil. This box garden idea of mine has been a fail because of the loss of soil for me.
Mind you I do live where it is very windy so I lose a lot of dirt to that, but I also lose more with every plant and weed that I pull up.
So…I decided I am going to remove that garden bed liner this fall. I am going to use the sand underneath.
And I will compost my chicken manure and add it in.
Weeds be danged.
First things first though. I can’t just rip it all out right now. I have lots of other vegetables growing in the garden.
Instead I just cut out the area I plan on planting my pea seeds. So I spent a good hour and a half cutting out the garden bed mesh liner. Then took the shovel and gently mixed the 2 inches of good soil I had with the sand below.
And then decided to wait till the next day to plant the new seeds.
Because of this garden fail of basically 2 inches of soil, my green peppers basically only got to the size of a pickle ball and decided to rot.
Surprisingly enough I have had some success in the garden this yea though.
My zucchini is growing strong and I grew my first cabbage too! I think it’s ready to harvest.
I also am almost ready to harvest 5 of my green beans… yeah, having a small garden can be annoying.
Note to self: make a bigger garden next year.
My parsley and basil seem to be growing well.
All in all, I am learning that there is so much to know and figure out about gardening. I figure out more little tips and secrets each month. I read this quote which lifted me a bit : “Storms make trees take deeper roots” – Dolly Parton
I’m praying that learning these little mistakes will just make me a stronger gardener each day.
How are your gardens growing? Any tips or ideas you have to share that you have learned?
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