I love my vegetable garden.
In fact, I enjoy vegetable gardening so much, that we added another vegetable garden. We decided to locate it in our side garden, which is an underused area.
Because my original vegetable garden is full of cool-season vegetables that aren’t ready to be harvested yet, I decided to get a jump start on my warm-season vegetables in my new garden.
We created a raised bed surrounded by a fence, to keep our dogs out of the garden. We added compost and aged steer manure to the existing soil and tilled it 1 ft. deep. I then added blood and bone meal, which will provide a natural source of nitrogen and phosphorus for our vegetables.
*Because it can take awhile for natural sources of fertilizer to release their nutrients in sufficient levels for plants, I added a slow-release fertilizer to get my vegetable garden through their first season.
My kids were anxious to help and each one picked their favorite vegetable to plant. We also selected Cosmos and Marigolds as companion plants for our vegetables, which will keep harmful insects away while attracting ‘good bugs’, such as pollinators.
We planted corn from seed and then added the bean and cucumbers transplants that we started indoors from seed. As you can see, they rooted very well.
You can read how we started our vegetable seedlings indoors using toilet paper rolls and coffee sleeves here.
In just a few weeks, our garden has really started to grow…
Soon, I will have to create ‘tepees’ out of bamboo to support our cucumbers. Our beans and corn are doing just great.
One of the things that I love most about my new vegetable garden, is that it is right outside my kitchen window where I can see it while I am busy cooking
How about you? What do you like to grow in your vegetable garden? Where is it located in your garden?