Square foot gardening is what has worked for me so far and so I continue to try and grow a garden in the easy to use grids.
This is how my garden looked at the beginning of May....
....and here it is on June 2nd. It has actually grown quite a bit over the last week too. The peas in the back have grown taller and so have the lettuces in the front. The box on the left has strawberries and hopefully potatoes soon.
This is the view of my garden from my kitchen window. The box on the far right has zucchini and cucumbers, the box second to the right has tomatoes, carrots, and a volunteer onion, the third box from the right has peas, several lettuces, spinach, and broccoli (that didn't grow), and the far left box has strawberries. I tried potatoes in the black garbage can last year but they didn't grow and I think it was because they didn't get enough water all the time. The potatoes I grew in the garden box grew great, so I may stick to planting them in with the strawberries again. I really don't know what I am doing but I am planting and trying every year.
This year my husband got into the edible gardening and planted grapes and an artichoke. It will be really exciting if we can get them to produce.
My goals for gardening are:
- grow only non-GMO or heirloom plants and save seeds (a must for self-sufficiency)
- grow more food every year to limit our dependency on the grocery store
- learn what plants grow well in my area and how to keep bugs away organically
- winter gardening using cold frames