This is the view of the plot of dirt outside my back door. Let me start by saying the City Girls Guide to Gardening is not a how to, but rather a how not to guide for gardening.
If you remember last year around this time I wrote a post called Another Sixty Dollar Tomato after spending three times that much to put in a garden.
Those pictures I posted were pretty. Nothing that started from seed came up. We did, however, harvest several tomatoes.
This year my husband reclaimed his spot down the hill for his "someday" shed. He hasn't started building it, yet. But he moved my garden up the hill and bought a truck load of dirt. I layered in some shredded manuscript pages and was good to go.
So far this garden has cost me nothing. I think my husband spent $35 for the top soil, but used it in several of our flower beds. I can grow flowers. Just not vegetables. Except this year things are looking up. I had 20 or so packets of seed left over from last year.
I didn't expect anything to sprout. The seeds were a year older and nothing I planted last year took hold. But I went on line and learned that soaking or scratching the seeds sometimes works. So I soaked all my seeds overnight. I didn't even attempt to start the seedlings in the house. I planted straight to the ground. In a rather haphazard fashion that left my Country Boy husband scratching his head.
I planted 1 each pumpkin, cucumber, cantaloupe and watermelon in the corners. You're supposed to plant them in mounds according to my better hald. If I was planting according to the directions I'd have six heads of broccoli and nothing else. Do you know they have to be 18" apart in all directions? My garden is only 4'x6'. I figure the vines can spill over the side where there's plenty of room to spread out. You can't tell by this picture, but they've all sprouted beautifully.
I have 4 stalks of corn, 2 snow peas, 3 rows of broccoli which I should have thinned when they were sprouts, a row of carrots, lettuce, onion and 2 pepper plants, 1 chili and 1 bell. The only thing that hasn't come up yet are the 2 green beans.
Maybe the secret was \keeping the tomatoes out.
I now face the daunting task of having to thin out plants eager to grow all because I had rather low expectations. I'll try to get a close up tomorrow so you don't think I'm crazy. There really are plants in the picture.
Total cost of my vegetable garden for 2013: $0
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