The Great Garden Experiment

June 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I was a kid, we always had a garden. However, I don’t recall our gardens ever being very bountiful. It seemed like every time I’d go into the garden to look at how the tomatoes were doing all I would see are those giant disgusting tomato slugs. our eggplant yield typically hovered around 1 per season. We grew enough strawberries to eat off the vine, but nowhere near enough to slap together a shortcake.

I’ve always dabbled in growing stuff. That means that I usually throw a few hot pepper seedlings into a pot every May and try to remember to water them once a week. Worked well on our 5th floor balcony in the city, but works much less well in the suburbs when the rabbits and squirrels devour them. I hope they all got bad heartburn.

But this year, we’re going whole hog. Raised beds made from our demolished fence posts. High quality buck-a-bag topsoil. Direct sunlight. Yesterday we planted 3 tomato plants, 2 purple basil plants, 2 zucchini seedlings, 2 butternut squash seedlings and then dumped some carrot, cucumber and radish seeds into the dirt. We’ll see how this all pans out. If nothing else, I can use this much-neglected blog to track progress…

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