I am so excited about the growing season this year!!! Not because I’m an awesome gardener with every confidence that I’m going to produce all of the food that my family and I need for the next 8 months, but because it’s another chance. You see I was cursed with brown thumbs (not literally, well literally they are brown, but that’s not the cursed part, figuratively brown thumbs that’s what I meant). Ever since I was about 8 years old I’ve wanted to grow a garden (in this day dream I always imagine harvesting carrots for some reason), but nothing ever grows. Never! Every year since I was 8 it’s been one failed “garden” after the next.
BUT NOT THIS YEAR! Why you may ask? Well because I have to believe that it’s going to work or this would be a really lame blog post. I’d have to make the title something like “Why I Spent Money on Seeds that Won’t Amount to Anything” and who would read that? I really do think my garden will be successful this year though. Mostly because I’m using a raised garden bed this year. I’ve tried growing in containers and I had a drainage issue. I tried growing directly in the ground and not only was it hard to keep the right nutrient balance, but also the ground was so tightly packed growing carrots was all but impossible. Besides growing in a raised bed I also have been doing a great deal of research on the perfect soil blend. Ingredients for soil that I’m tossing around the idea of using are:
- worm castings
- coconut coir
- peat moss
I’ve never added many amendments (aside from Epsom salt) and I usually just use plain potting soil. When I finally decide what soil ingredients/ratios I’ll be using I will post them. Be looking out for a post called “Let’s Talk Dirty” (see what I did there).
As it gets closer to the start of the growing season I’ll be working on a Gardening series on the blog and YouTube so that you can follow the progress of my garden and see how it grows.
Aside from growing a garden for food, the obvious reason, we have a few other uses for why we are growing so many different veggies.
- To supplement the chickens, ducks, and dogs with more fresh fruits and veggies .
- To give the ducks a job–we plan on letting the ducks be on pest removal and weeding duty.
- The chickens are on compost duty–both producing and turning the compost.
This year I ordered my seeds from True Leaf Market. I heard that they had a wide variety of organic and heirloom, seeds– from what I understand heirloom means that the seeds are old time varieties that are saved and handed down from generation to generation. I don’t know enough about agriculture, gardening, or seeds to know if organic or heirloom seeds are better than the seeds that I could’ve gotten at Home Depot or Lowes, but I intend to find out.
So without further ado, let’s get down to it. What am I *attempting* to grow this season:
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Ornamental Glass Gem Corn (for the chickens, but I heard it can be used for popcorn)
- Green Beans
- Sweet Yellow Bell Peppers
- Sweet Banana Peppers
- Rainbow Carrots
- Rainbow Roma Tomatoes
- Purple Heirloom Tomatoes
- Lima Beans
- Cabbage (for the chickens)
- Roamine Lettuce
- Butter Lettuce
- Golden Potatoes (Not included in seed haul)
- Lemon Tree (not included in this haul)
- Blueberry bush (Not included in this haul)
Please stick around to see how my garden grows. And subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can see the gardening series. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC42xqJdWQCwath_hsWAsr9g