Friday, June 11, 2010

Taking the Plunge!

My daughters, Heather @ Snapshots of My Life and Ashley @ Ashley's Spoonfuls of Sugar, have been telling me for a long time that I need to blog. But where do I start? LIFE, homeschooling, my garden,...????

I decided to take the plunge and write about my garden. I started a square foot garden last May (2009). I have wanted to use this method for a long time. My precious husband Larry told me to just tell him what I wanted and he would build it. (So thankful for this man God has given me!)

We started with a small box last year that was 2 x 8. I grew tomatoes, okra, carrots (fail!), and green beans. We were very pleased with the outcome, added more boxes and currently I have 120 sq feet. I currently have tomatoes, okra, cantelope, bell peppers, bush beans, pole beans, zucchini, strawberries, and corn growing in my raised beds.

Earlier this week I harvested a little over 2 pounds of bush beans (left) from the original 8 squares that I planted. I also planted 3 more squares of bush beans about 2 weeks after the first bunch.

I have 4 squares of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans. Larry and I built a trellis for them earlier this week. We should have gotten the trellis built earlier but we spent a week with our high school youth choir Chi Alpha in New Orleans, LA. While we were gone, we had several good rain showers and the garden (and weeds) grew like crazy. I think I have all the weeds from my garden now and almost all of the garden tasks are caught up.

I also harvested elephant garlic earlier this week and I think I will do a seperate post on them.

I have enjoyed reading other blogs about square foot gardens/container gardening such as Our Engineered Garden and Annie's Kitchen Garden. I also recently discovered Daphne's Dandelions.

I hope this blog will be a place where I can share what I am learning on this journey.


1 comment:

  1. Your beans look sooo good! slender and yet plump with their goodness..and your box looks nice and neat. I think your doing a good job and there are many good garden bloggers with good skills and are always willing to help.