First off I just want you to know that this is the 4th year that I’ve had a garden. I am by no means a garden expert, but I will share with you things I have learned.
Can I just tell you to that gardening is SO different here in the Midwest than in the West where I grew up! My biggest complaint would be the soil-it’s all clay!
I have two garden areas in my yard. This one pictured above has a lot more shade than the other spot below. I planted yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, green onions, peas, lettuce, and a tomato in this spot pictured above
The picture below has squash zucchini, beans (I’m hoping to can these this year), carrotts, beets, onions, green onions, peas, and bell peppers. This year I decided to try some bell peppers in pots so I have two of those and also a basil plant in a corner of my yard. I’m also hoping to try an upside down hanging tomato plant, but I’m working out the where am I going to hand it issues.
When I plant tomatoes, peppers, and squash I build big mounds to plant them in. There are two spots in my garden that have drainage issues, so I find that this helps with the soil drainage.
I also wanted to share with you an inexpensive way to keep the weeds out! This method works well around big plants like tomatoes, squash, peppers, and in your walkways. Gather some newspapers and lay the newspapers in your garden where you don’t want the weeds and where there are no seeds growing. Be sure that there are no “cracks” in the newspapers or the weeds will be able to come through.
When you’re done laying the newspapers spray them down with water until they are wet. For some good reason the weeds can’t get through wet newspaper!
Next put some kind of mulch on top of the newspapers. I use my lawn clippings. Be sure the newspapers are covered well with the mulch. Throughout the summer I put more clippings on as needed, it turns out to be about once a month. That’s all you need to do to keep the weeds out!
For anyone who hasn’t started gardening I encourage you to try to plant one thing. Even if it’s in a pot! If you need help starting out read Becoming Garden Ready.
I have to be honest and tell you I do not like to garden. I do like the end result of fresh produce in my backyard and that’s why I make the effort to grow a garden!
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