Over the last several years we have dabbled a little bit in gardening. We have planted two or three small gardens in two different locations. We have planted herbs only. We have planted tomatoes only in a couple of different locations as well. Julie asked if we could have a garden again this summer. Jimmy and I agreed, but this time I am going to take a more active role. I have been reading about gardening in our area of the state (mostly via the Mississippi State gardening website), and I have created a gardening notebook.
Our garden is going to be a small one by gardening standards, but it will be the largest one that we have ever put in. 20ft. x 25ft. I hope to yield just enough produce to eat each day that the harvest is ready. I am not trying to put up food to last us all winter! However, with the tomatoes, that's a different story. I have canned tomatoes and/or salsa for the last 3 years, and I am setting out 24 tomato plants in our garden this year with the hopes of having enough to yield to eat each day as well as can some for the future. We will see! I may be buying tomatoes from a local farmer to supplement mine in order to can.
We are planting small amounts of the following:
I will observe which of these plants do well, and increase or eliminate my planting accordingly for next year.
So far Jimmy has staked off the boundaries of the garden and poisoned the grass. He plans to till up the ground this weekend, and I will plant the broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and potatoes. I have a list of what to plant, when all ready. I drew a grid on paper of my garden plan. I plan to keep many notes of what I am doing this year, how much I spend, etc., so I can learn from my mistakes and better plan for next year.
It will be a learning experience and a work in progress.
I hope our garden will grow!