Friday, August 21, 2015

Garden Evaluation

I am not a gardener.  O don't do well weeding.  I don't want to process/freeze/can tons of produce for use through the winter...we wouldn't use most of it anyway!  So my goal with a garden is to have some to eat fresh without spending too much time at it.

This year we put some time and little bit of money into making sub-irrigated planters out of 5 gallon buckets:


This has made watering and weeding so much easier!  Things are finally doing well...and I hope it stays warm enough for long enough to fully ripen!
A couple more zucchini coming...already got one!
 A few tiny tomatoes...these were really stunted by transplanting.
Pumpkin
Watermelon...had to prop them up so they weren't too heavy for the vines.
Spaghetti squash, I hope they ripen!
Beans did well; need to plant a couple more buckets next year.
Broccoli and cauliflower...fail!
Cucumbers...lots of flowers, only one cucumber so far.
Notes for next year:
1. Don't bother starting things indoors early...they just seemed stunted for a while once they were transplanted.
2. Plant two more buckets of beans...and none of broccoli and cauliflower.
3. Spread thing out a bit more...it is getting hard to water without stepping on all the vines trailing all over the ground!
4. Don't put the bucket planters inside the wooden boxes...they look nice, but it is hard to tell when the reservoirs are full when watering.

How did your garden do this year?  What will you do differently next year?


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