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We had our first garden last year. And it was an adventure!
- I was pregnant - bending to weed was rather difficult. Add in the heat and it was a recipe for disaster. The warmer it got, the larger my belly grew.
- The weeds! If you love weeding, please call me and we can arrange a set up for this coming summer. We just couldn't keep up. Between working on our new house and getting ready for Baby Girl, weeding just didn't take a priority.
- It was a very wet summer. A lot of things didn't grow as well as they could have and we lost our peas early due to the soaking wet ground...
- Mowing around the garden was a pain...poor planning...
- We didn't do our research about when to start plants and which ones should be direct sow or started indoors.
- We did it! At the end of the season, even though it wasn't perfect, we had accomplished something we never had before. And it was worth it!
- Fresh vegetables right outside the door can't be beat. Want some cherry tomatoes for a healthy afternoon snack? Just go out and pick some! And peas straight out of the pod taste better than any other kind of peas. Hands down.
- We were eating veggies that we grew ourselves so we knew exactly what was put on them. No fertilizers and no pesticides. The only thing we used was liquid molasses to try and keep nasty nut-sedge away!
- The seeds we started with were heirloom and gmo-free! While we can't easily cut gmo's completely out of our diet, it is nice to know we can grow veggies that don't even know what a gmo is!
I definitely think the pros outweigh the cons and because of that we are already starting another garden! We ordered our seeds a couple of weeks ago. They are already here and Hubby is busy planning out the layout (he is a landscape designer...so it has to be functional and look nice!).
To learn from our mistakes from last year, here are some insider tips:
- Don't be pregnant during garden season (just kidding....)
- Lay newspaper and cardboard to help prevent weeds
- Pray that it doesn't rain too much (another joke...but seriously....not a horrible idea).
- Plan out the shape and layout of your garden so that mowing isn't an issue and so you can easily access everything to weed and harvest.
- Do your research! Find out what veggies should be sown directly into the ground and what ones should be started inside and then transplanted. Also look into when you should sow the seeds...I think our beans didn't do well because we started them too early and inside...
Hoping for a better garden this year!
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One reader will win a brand new pack of:
- Spaghetti Squash - 20 Seeds
- Spinach (Bloomsdale) - 70 Seeds
- Chives - 115 Seeds
- Cilantro (Slow Bolt) - 80 Seeds
- Basil (Large Leaf Italian) - 120 Seeds
- Thyme - 350 Seeds
- Rosemary (Classic) - 20 Seeds
- Onion (Tokyo Long White) - 80 Seeds
And we're also throwing in a few partial packs of seeds we had leftover from last year (we ordered more and forgot we had stored these away):
- Cherry Tomato
- Broccoli (Waltham)
- Zucchini (Black Beauty)
- Bush Bean (Blue Lake)
- Cauliflower (All-Year)
- Yellow Pepper (Sunbright)
- Green Pepper (Yolo Wonder)
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Kohlrabi (White Vienna)