The Veggie Garden
We have officially planted our garden for the summer! One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to grow a vegetable garden. It’s so fun to be able to enjoy and have a meal from what you grow!
I spent a ton of time last summer canning, making pickles and jam. We haven’t purchased jam or jelly in over a year… 🙂 Win!
The first garden
Last summer, we put decided to change the look of our veggie garden. In the past, we used two garden beds that were square in shape and about 4ft x 4ft. Oh man, did it have weeds.
It was so bad, we pretty much just gave up on it. (I’m not a fan of keeping up on weeds…).
So, we decided we needed to change how we planted our veggies.
We chose to make rows versus one large plot. The rows are covered with weed block, and we cut up some 4 inch non-perforated drainage pipe to plant the vegetables in. (We found the drain pipe at home depot for about $5 for 10 ft.). Each piece of drain pipe was cut to be about 2 inches long, placed it where we wanted the veggies to go, and planted our veggies in them.
This did an amazing job at keeping the weeds at bay! We hardly have to weed our veggie garden, and bonus, no chemicals needed!
To prevent the bunnies and other hungry creatures from eating our crop, we drilled spots on the wood to stick 1/4 inch diameter dowels and attached deer fence to the dowels. It worked well, but eventually the dowels snapped under the pressure.
Regardless, we had a great growing year last summer!
Veggie garden-summer 2017
This worked so well for us last year, we did the same again this year. We planted corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, green beans, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, Roma tomatoes, and leeks. This is our first year for corn, sweet potatoes, and leeks, so it’s definitely a learning curve. I am not quite sure how it will all turn out, but it’s a great experience!
We changed how we fenced in our veggie garden, too. Instead of the dowels on the garden beds, we used wooden stakes and plastic poultry fencing to surround the garden. For the door, we have 3/4 inch plywood slotted between two stakes on each side. Nothing fancy, but effective!
We also have separate pots for carrots, lettuce, dill, lemon balm, and mint (mmm mint tea…).
We also have strawberries and rhubarb growing. Not to mention, we are looking forward to picking some fresh raspberries from the yard…
It just goes to show that you don’t need a ton of land to grow your own food!
How about your garden? Any tips you would like to share?