Jun 15, 2011

What's in the Garden...

Corn & Potatoes

I love to look at pics of other people's gardens and see what they're growing! Gardens are fun and can be quite an educational experience for the kids. Also, what better way to save money than by having a garden that produces fresh vegetables throughout the summer! Check out some pics of our garden!

What to Plant...
 We started our garden around the beginning of April and continue to add to it. We have three different kinds of tomatoes, okra, green beans, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, green peppers, corn, and potatoes. 
(Corn & Tomatoes)
Where to Plant...
This year we are trying something a little different. We usually till up a big rectangular shaped section of land and have one big garden. This year, we are trying to save space in our yard by planting around the perimeter of the yard, instead of taking up a huge space in the middle. You can probably tell by the pics, we planted corn up close to the fence, which will give us a privacy hedge for a short time too. The other vegetables are spaced out in front of the corn.
(Baby Squash)
How It's Working...
So far, everything's doing good, except for a few pepper plants in the back that are getting too much sun. The hardest part is keeping it watered. We are already in a summertime pattern of dry, hot weather here in Missouri. With the rectangular garden, we could set up a sprinkler in the garden and that worked fine. With a two foot wide garden around the perimeter, that does not work so well. We have found a soaker hose at Wal-mart made from canvas that works well. It was only $13. It slowly soaks the ground and keeps the plants hydrated. 
(Green Pepper)
What's Next...
As I see those little buds and blooms taking shape, I realize hard work lies ahead. I am trying to prepare and get ready to put away some of those veggies in the freezer and by canning. Hopefully, I'm ready by the time it comes off! Also, we've got to get some cages up to hold up those enlarging tomato plants. 
(Cucumber Blooms)
Things We're Using...
My husband sprinkles Seven dust on the plants to keep bugs and insects off of the leaves. We used an all-purpose fertilizer to put some of the nutrients back into the soil (12-0-12 ratio). With all of the flooding this spring in our area, our soil lost a lot of nutrients so it was especially necessary to put some back in.

(Roma Tomatoes)
So, do you have any gardening tips or canning recipes to share? I would love to hear about them! Leave me a comment and let me know what your garden plans are!


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