Part 2 of my random garden photo’s revolves around the vegetable garden.
“Mother Earth News” was my inspiration on how to start a garden without the use of a spade or a rototiller. I have no desire to dig up sod if I don’t have to.
I did mine slightly different then they suggest but the idea originated with an article from Mother Earth News Magazine.
These bags of dirt became the newest expansion of my garden this year. In fact, this is how I started all of the veggie plots and have gradually added more over the last 4 or 5 years.
You just cut them open, leaving the bags to block and kill the existing grass,
Spread out the dirt,
and like magic, you have a garden bed. At the end of the season, just pull the bags out and you would never know you didn’t dig or till up the grass.
I usually have some new experiment going on. Sometimes they work and sometimes not. So we’ll see how the new experiments go this year.
One of them was that I planted potatoes using the potato tower method. I had never seen this done till I read about it recently on One Hundred Dollars a Month and thought I would give it a try.
I used chicken wire and rebar to fence in a circular area. Then put straw around the outside against the wire. Inside the straw I layered dirt and seed potatoes.
Eventually, the plants started growing out the sides and top of the towers. Since this photo was taken, the plants have gotten much bigger and now have tons of blossoms.
I’m hoping that means lots of potatoes!
The idea is that I will get more produce from my small space and less back breaking digging when it’s time to harvest them.
Just an early overview . . . those tomatoes and peppers are much taller now with green tomatoes and peppers of all kinds starting to form.
And another . . . with various kinds of onions, shallots, leeks, carrots, and beets . . .
Then there was the green bean dilemma. They started to come up quite nicely. Then . . . the rabbits moved in and this happened. They also ate off all the peas which did not recover as well.
Those cute little furry varmints are not so cute when they come uninvited to dinner.
A fence went up around the beans and they came back and now look like this . . .
Now this may not look like a lot of beans . . . but let me just tell you . . . last year we had more than enough to keep us satisfied in fresh green beans and I still have some in the freezer.
They produced till the first killing frost of fall. And I saved some to plant these this year.
The lettuce crop proved to be more than we could consume ourselves.
But you can always find someone to take a good head of romaine off your hands. I hope to have the ambition to plant a fall crop.
These are the trellises I built for the spaghetti and butternut squash, the cucumbers, pumpkins, and watermelon.
I used 2×4’s that I already had in my garage, 1×4’s and, rope.
They just keep growing . . .
and growing . . .
A baby spaghetti squash . . .
A baby watermelon . . .
A baby pumpkin . . .
Early photo’s of scallions and radishes . . .
Yellow squash and zucchini . . .
Much bigger now and producing lots of goodness . . .
This was just one days bounty . . .
The garlic I planted last fall is ready to cure from the garage rafters for a couple of weeks . . .
And then the broccoli . . . another new one for me.
Every day something new has happened . . .
I feel sorry for those who come to visit because I drag every last one of them out to look at the wonderment of my garden.
Some share the excitement . . . some see it and want free stuff . . . and some just roll their eyes at my childlike amusement. But that’s ok. I’ll be feasting off this little garden all winter!
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