One of my random goals for the year was to plan and execute an awesome veggie garden in our backyard. The goal was to do a bunch of research, learn a bunch about different plants and figure out which ones go well together to get a really good plan in place to make the most out of my two raised beds in the backyard. I’d plant as soon as the frost was done and get multiple plantings and have fresh produce all summer long…
Things don’t always go as planned… and without a plan… things just don’t happen… Maybe I had too many goals for the first portion of this year, but in any case, I didn’t get any research done, and I definitely didn’t make a plan. However, I did plant some seeds in one of my raised beds a couple weekends ago (the weekend where I tried and failed at getting a bunch of stuff done… so I guess it wasn’t a complete failure…) and to my surprise when I got home from my work trip the other day, there are little green sprouting plants in my garden! I am so excited! Now I just have to learn how to keep the garden tended and thin the plants to allow for the best growth. Oh, and make sure to water them!
Here’s a rough plan of how my garden is planted. Although I only have one row of each plant, not the strange grid that the online garden plan tool that I found made for me.
So, as you can see, I will hopefully have pumpkins, lettuce, carrots, radishes, beans and zucchini. I have no doubt that the zucchini plants will do just fine, I just hope that I can harvest them before the slugs eat them (last year we had a few, but lost a lot to slugs…). I’m not sure what the pests will be for the rest of them, but I know last year the deer liked to eat some of the plants, and there was a rabbit that would come by and nibble things too. I haven’t come up with a solution for it yet, but might have to get some deer fencing or something for around the garden.
In my other garden, the only thing I have right now are my strawberry plants from last year. They are looking pretty happy. We only got a couple berries from each of these plants last year because the raccoons would always come and eat them. The disappointment of seeing a few berries almost ripe and then coming back the next day to zero berries on the bush… so not cool. I will have to get a few more plants for that raised bed. Then I plan to take the ramshackle plastic greenhouse structure that is around it and fortifying it to stop the racoons from getting it. I will eat my own strawberries, thank you very much.
Do you have a veggie garden? What do you plant? And how do you keep the pests away from your plants?