My 2008 Garden Story (lots of pics)
Here are some pictures of my garden this year...
I decided in May to build my garden. This year I had two 4' x 10' beds. I built them from redwood that was once somebody's deck.
May 19, 2008
From 2008 Garden
How do you like them spiffy stick trellises there?? (hey, it was free...)
This bed has corn, watermelon, zucchini, one tomato, red onions, and cucumber. There were more onions in the package than I had planned for, so I squeezed them in. They were overrun by the zucchini, tomato & cuke. They're getting their own, unshaded spot next year.
July 7, 2008 From 2008 Garden
This bed has radishes, lettuce, spinach, carrots, walla walla onions, yellow beans, peppers, sugar snap peas, and that big patch of plants right there is (wait for it) GREEN BEANS (ok, they're one of my favorites). From 2008 Garden
Here they are with their hail protection covers. I used old sheer curtains and irrigation tubing (ok, these I had to buy, but the sheers came from goodwill...) I also discovered the county's free mulch pile. I did pay $4 per load for the loader to scoop it into the trailer... Next year I plan to arrange somewhat by height, so the covers can be either short or tall, not both in the same area... From 2008 Garden
And the potatoes were coming along nicely. I also built a compost bin. It only has 2 compartments because I was trying to keep everything hidden from the street by the retaining wall... From 2008 Garden
And again Aug 12, 2008 From 2008 Garden
As you can see, it got a little overcrowded...Hope I do a better job planning next time...
Notice the pile of straw by the potato bin... It was getting watered by the sprinkler system overspray from the lawn above. DH didn't realize it, and while I was out of town, he watered them again. When they started turning yellow, he watered them some more... I was trying to dry them out, but it was too late. I did manage to pluck a couple potatoes out, but not much. From 2008 Garden
I started tracking yields in August. Before I kept track, the bulk of my green beans and sugar snap peas came in (I'd guess a few pounds, it's when I was gone & DH was picking). Lettuce, spinach, and radishes weren't measured either.
In August, Sept & Oct, I harvested (approximately):
6.5# yellow and green beans (mostly yellow)
30 cucumbers 6-8" about 13# (
20 zuchinni 6-8" about 11#, and about 4# baby ones before the freeze
2 dozen ears of corn (varying quality though - need to work on those a little...)
3# carrots (not very sweet though)
20 tomatoes, not so great ones though.
about a dozen (3 1/2# I think) peppers (immature)
and one unripe watermelon, plus a tiny almost ripe one...
I liked it all so much, I'm adding more:
I'm no longer hidden by the retaining wall, so I put up a little fence to screen it...
Nov 23, 2008
From 2008 Garden
There are boxes along the "alley" fence (above photo) that will be going in, but I have to move some lilac bushes first. I figured I'd fill them with OM and get a head start on next year, even if I do have to move it all. I also have some steps now between the compost bin and the house, so I don't have to jump off the wall (or walk around) anymore. From 2008 Garden
These are my 2 original beds (below). The kiddie pool is the temporary spot for my strawberries, until their bed is in place. I got them a little earlier than planned because someone was cleaning out their runners and giving them away. There will be 3 smaller beds along this fence line, two 4x4 and one 4x5. Oh, and I have a front for my compost bin now. It was a metal dog kennel that someone was tossing.
I also have some shredded leaves for next year's mulch... From 2008 Garden
To the right of the originals, there are two more 4x5 beds. Along the far right fence is another, about 2.5 x 11. Toward the end of the long skinny bed, you can see a metal ring, I'm going to use a few of those for some rhubarb, and I think, to plant my zucchini next year. It might be easier if it's not in one of the beds I'm thinking. I don't have those set or filled yet. From 2008 Garden
And another view: From 2008 Garden
So there it is. I had some things work well for me this year, some didn't, but overall, I was happy! I have high hopes for next year...