Several hours later, a few screws, curse words and 30 bags of soil...and we had a garden. Another trip to Meijer completed it with the purchase of a flat of plants.
|Our "little", 8x8 foot garden that was about to grow into a beast.|
|Roma's like crazy. This plant had over 30 alone.|
|Love the little pickles. Too cute.|
|Continuation of 1st harvest|
|Our final harvest. Lots of green tomatoes, but a frost was looming and we were heading out of town.|
|My attempts to storing extras and hoping that they ripen. The rest are in paper bags with apples in hopes that they'll ripen sometime soon.|
|View from above.|
Needless to say we got more than our money's worth and it was worth the time and effort. To be honest, it was much less work than expected and there is a certain pride and feeling of accomplishment at the end of the season seeing all that you produced.
Few words of advice:
- You're going to need a lot more soil than planned (we started with 20 bags...ended with upwards of 35).
- Don't be hard on yourself. It's a learning experience and you'll catch on along the way.
- Enjoy the little things. There's nothing like walking into your own backyard and snagging a snack that YOU grew.
- Be ready for new "visitors". We had some animals (chipmunks maybe?) that loved our tomatoes and would take eat them daily.
- Have a easily accessible water source (we had to walk out there with a watering can for the 1st month or so...that's a workout in itself).
- Water regularly. Our inconsistent watering led to our tomatoes cracking after heavy rains.
- A flat of vegetables go a LONG way. We used only half of them and gave the rest to neighbors.
- Be ready to be inundated with crazy amounts of veggies!
- Share with neighbors/co-workers.
- ENJOY! I don't know if I'm biased, but I swear everything tasted 10 times better than any we buy in the stores (especially tomatoes).
Do you garden? Any words of advice? What's your favorite thing to grow?
While we're at it..any great green tomato recipes? Or how to ripen the? I've heard of placing them in a paper bag with apples (release of ethanol triggers ripening supposedly), but does it really work?