POSTED BY: Stefanie LaSalle
It's been a long, cold winter here in New England. With another storm on the horizon, what better time to begin planning for spring!?
Last year, I decided that I wanted to grow vegetables. My dream of gardening was not without challenges. One, we rent, and we don't have any space for a traditional garden. Luckily, container gardens are very popular and there are tons of resources for having a successful crop. Second, I am not a garden-person. I don't know anything about growing plants. I am crazy afraid of bugs. And by "afraid" I mean spider-on-ceiling-stare-at-ceiling-until-someone-finds-me-and-deals-with-spider kind of crazy.
But my head was filled with images of leafy greens, plump tomatoes, and that fresh earthy scent of soil.
Read enough garden books and blogs, and one message is loud and clear - you learn something new every year. I wouldn't say my first garden was a failure, but it was far from the lush jungle that I pictured. I'm making a lot of adjustments to my garden this year - everything from the containers, to the types of veggies.
Over the next few months, I'll be sharing with you my Garden Adventure 2.0. I'll highlight my favorite resources, my DIY attempts, and (hopefully) my lush and delicious harvest!
Until then, here's a review of my "Test Garden: 2013"
"Test Garden" 2013
Space, water source, containers, inexperience, sunlight, animals & pests
Inside too long - leggy and weak, not enough water, not adequate light for some plants, no pest control, half soil/half potting mix
Improvement plan for 2014
Research, self watering container, companion planting, different crops, better location for light.
Looking back, my porch garden seemed so big, but really it was just a few pots and bags. You'll notice the make-shift cages over several of the plants. The birds and squirrels kept eating my little plants!
I'm totally excited to see my first green bean growing.
My carrot harvest. Enough said.
Our huge yield bean plants. We didn't get many, but the ones we got were delicious.
Our cut and come again lettuce (a gourmet blend) actually did quite well. We got several salads out of it!