This year's garden:
- 3 squares of lettuce, split about 50/50 between "red romaine" bought as plants, and a curly green type that I started from seed - 3 squares seems to be a tiny bit too much to keep up with, but 2 isn't quite enough.
- 2 squares of carrots (always get a half-long variety, always start from seed.)
- 1 "yellow grape" tomato plant
- 1 "black cherry" tomato plant
- 1 square of marigolds
- 1 broccoli plant (grew large, but had very little of a head before it all burst into flower. Good news, the flowers are edible too)
- Chives - they over-wintered themselves from last year! I didn't have to do anything!
- Basil that's barely growing :(
- Dill - which is growing like a weed (it is technically a weed, I guess)
- Watermelon... currently shaded by the broccoli and growing very slowly. Not sure how this wil turn out.
- Assorted randomly planted tomato plants that are popping up in other places... these must have come from last year's plant(s) dropped fruit.
- Radishes (in the spring), planted next to the chives and harvested a few weeks later. Meant to plant more but never got around to it.
- Mint- because no matter how hard I try to pull it all up, it keeps coming back! I am trying to transplant some to a pot so I can have some without it overtaking the garden.
Things to do differently next year:
- Plant cucumbers AND dill so we can make our own pickles all summer long.
- Get a real trellis (whether on this garden or on a different plot) to dedicate to cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Keep doing 2-3 squares of carrots! They take months to grow, but it's so worth it.
- Don't do broccoli again. It takes up too much space and takes too long to mature, and then it's a low yield (because by the time it matures, the weather is no longer cool and so a good head doesn't form)
- Decide if I really want a fence, or not. I didn't have enough flexible netting this year to go all the way around. The plants really only need extra protection for the first month or so; maybe covering with a chicken wire cage would be better?
Each year is getting better with gardening. Andrew keeps mentioning the idea of doing a second box somewhere else, and I think I might actually take him up on the idea. The kids love helping, too... and eating the fruits of our labor, of course!