We invite you to check out the About Us page to see the story behind how our garden originated, if you’d like. Since that first garden in 2006, we have planted our favorites year after year, and experimented with other veggies that have had both successful and dismal results. Peanuts were our most notable failure. In our hard clay soil, we ended up with about five tiny peanuts, which we burnt to little black turds when we tried to roast them. On the other hand, our spaghetti squash was ridiculously bountiful, and produced dozens of gourds that hung on our fence. We gave most of them away, and we decided that they were too prolific to try again, but I still like to buy the occasional one to cook up with our homemade tomato sauce.
Successes that will probably always be in our garden include: strawberries, raspberries, zucchini, broccoli, a few varieties of tomatoes, bicolor sweet corn, a few varieties of peppers, basil, mint, chives and garlic. Other foods that we have tried to grow are: cucumbers, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, sugar snap peas, onions, kohlrabi and various herbs that catch our eye. I would love to grow pumpkins, but we don’t have the space in our tiny yard. And we have not planted beans, since I’m not the biggest fan, and Bill got sick eating too many raw ones from his childhood garden and still has flashbacks.
Because I have a tendency toward hyper-organization and because my math-teacher husband likes facts, figures and stats, we keep records of our garden each year. We begin an Excel spreadsheet every spring detailing what we planted and how many of each. Throughout the summer, we fill in the date of the first harvest, the yield, and any comments or problems that come up.
We also draw a map of the garden each year, using the shape tools and text boxes in Microsoft Word. This way, we are able to avoid planting the same types of plants in the same places each year. We try to rotate our “crops” as much as possible to keep from depleting the soil of nutrients. It also helps us decide what kind of organic additives we might want to use on each bed when we replenish the soil in the beginning of the season.
Here is what we are growing in the 2012 garden:
Basil, broccoli, red cabbage, chives, corn, pickling cucumbers, dill, garlic, lavender, mint, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, orange bell peppers, red bell peppers, red cherry hot peppers, raspberries, strawberries, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, gold tomatoes, red tomatoes and zucchini.