Oct. 28, 2011 10:00 am
Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 12:59 am
This was my third attempt at a backyard garden. I had grown my garden space from one 6'x8' raised bed to an additional seven raised beds measuring 4'x8'. For more on the awful waiting of things to grow, visit my regular blog http://tempuri.org?link=new.
Proceeds were crazy and I'm generally pleased with my efforts. My youngest daughter helped with weeding. All the kids were able to watch the process from seeds to finished products and harvesting. We ate what we could when veggies were harvestable, constantly
searching for more recipes that would work with our proceeds. Even though my husband is not so keen on many vegetables, my kids are learning that vegetables can be inexpensive and delicious.
We started off the garden in April with all heirloom seeds from Annie's Heirloom Seeds. Many people asked me what's the deal with heirlooms? Many seeds are hybrids or a cross between two different plants. An heirloom has two parents of the same variety.
Their seeds can be saved for future gardens to produce a true plant year after year.
A client of mine was planning on a garden this year, but her husband decided they should move instead. She'd already bought the plants and didn't want them after all, so I planted them in an empty bed at the end of July...kind of a late start. She provided
me with the peppers and herbs and two grape tomato plants. They didn't yield very much, but what they did produce I was able to use.