I’ve decided to keep it small and simple this year for our summer garden and we’re only using the two smaller raised beds we have. There’s more space available for gardening, just no space in my life right now for more of me gardening. I’m happy with what I’ve got and so far, so good.
This year, there have been no garden monsters, thankfully, pulling up my plants. I’ve finally learned from years past and covered the plants with chicken wire until they were big enough to crowd the boxes and keep the masked bandits out.
Changes this year:
Tomatoes: Almost every year we get big beautiful plants which develop plenty of tomatoes and then get blossom end rot. This year I buried several crushed egg shells in the bottom of each hole where I planted the tomatoes. Supposedly the extra calcium in the egg shells will help prevent this. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’ve planted the same variety of tomatoes as I usually do, so not much else is different.
Fertilizer: I got tubs of chicken manure/compost from Mount Royal Farms and mixed it in with some organic Kellogg’s garden soil. I did not do the “no-dig” layered garden this year, though I did use some left-over hay from last year as mulch.
Watering: This year we used soaker hoses instead of drip irrigation targeted to specific plants or last year’s lazy hand watering (which was a failure).
4 tomatoes (3 red, 1 yellow)
1 green zucchini
1 Armenian cucumber
And that’s it! Really. I planted everything in April with the thought that more will follow but I don’t think that’s going to happen now. However, if everything grows, it should be more than enough for the two of us. In fact, I already have enough basil growing to make a batch of pesto.
What are you growing?
Oh! One more thing! The bare root apricot I planted a couple of years ago has a few small apricots on it! Fingers crossed that we might get a couple edible pieces of fruit this year.