Been a while....Still gardening!
Hi all :) . I haven't been around for about 6 months, but I'm still alive and kicking :) . Last year when I started gardening I wasn't sure how I would like it, and I started with 5 boxes. Well I love it!!!!!
I added a 6th "box" that I made out of concrete block that I had sitting around and used it to plant potatoes. I also stuck a few pepper plants in with them and then in each hole of the cinder block I planted herbs around the whole thing. But that wasn't enough. I added 4 more boxes this winter! Winter is a big planting season here in FL so I was out of space and I needed to try corn again this year. Unfortunately my husband had recently been laid off so we didn't have much money. I used gift cards from my bday to buy the lumber and some compost, but couldn't afford to make Mel's mix. I used some compost (store and homemade) and then just whatever soil I had. Hey, you use what you have!! Things are growing, so that is good.
I've learned so much in the last 10 months of gardening and I think you just have to TRY things and see how they do, and learn where to go from there. I had some great harvests.
Carrots - great! (I have 12" deep boxes, they took advantage of it!)
Lettuce of various kinds - awesome!
Broccoli - more broc than I knew what to do with. I let one go to seed and I am watching the pods now for them to be ready to take for next planting season.
Corn - didn't grow well. I'm planting less per square and composting and watering more this time. Got a late start though. I will have corn though!
Spinach - couldn't stop it from growing and growing and growing no matter how many baby leaves I'd take.
Green onions - they were monstrous!
Pumpkin - only one, and it was tiny
Watermelon - didn't happen. Why couldn't the watermelon just at least grow one? It was my son's crop and he was a bit disappointed. We're trying again.
Squash - I got eager and harvested the only one I got too early. Oh well.
Radishes - they're easy. When I want to feel like I have accomplished growing something in the garden I throw in radishes even though I don't like to eat them LOL.
Sweet potatoes - yummy! They have their own box this year as they are out of control.
Peppers - the heat got to them and every single flower dropped. Or sometimes it would tease me and grow a little and then fall off.
Strawberries - the animals keep getting them. I'm building a cage to cover them next time around.
Tomatoes (vining)- not so good. I don't think I was thinning them out properly. This time I'm just letting the whole thing grow wild so I can see from experience just how they are growing and know where to clip them next time around.
Herbs: Basil, cilantro, savory - I couldn't stop them from growing! I finally pulled some out and cut some right before they flowered and will replant again.
I thought that I would be disappointed if things didn't grow after waiting so long, but really I wasn't. It has been so much fun to learn as I go and figure out what to do the next time around. My season is almost up here. In May-Aug there's only sweet potatoes and bush beans pretty much to grow. So I will soon harvest what I've started earlier this year and then get ready for fall.
Any thoughts on how to prepare my boxes for next planting season? I haven't had a non-season yet where my boxes sat empty.