After talking to several people about gardening my favorite neighbor Violet, my friend from church Nancy, and my father who can grow just about anything. I have finally came up with my plans for my garden this year. I think I might be trying to grow to many things but we will see how it goes. I think the hardest part about gardening is coming up with a plan and sticking to it. I already started to grow some plants from seeds! They are doing really well. Check out this picture:
I'm growing tomatoes, eggplant, more tomatoes! Also, Vinca, Zinnia, Sunflowers, and Cosmos~!
Last year, my garden on the side of my house didn't do so well! The plants never got enough sun. My tomato plants were terrible looking. Skinny and short. I did manage to pick a couple of tomatoes and that was all. My summer squashed did fine but everything else was a failure. So, I decided to try a different approach! I'm going to be making my own self-watering Containers.
Anyone familiar with N.W. Arkansas especially knows that we have no soil, lots of rocks, and lots of clay! Not a good combination if you ask me! My side garden doesn't get enough sun! My dad told me about a new product called "Earth Boxes" but they are expensive. I'm going to try to save some money and build my own boxes or containers. I found this really informational YouTube video on how to build your own! Check it out!
My dad built his very own Greenhouse! I'm really hoping maybe I could get Leroy to build one for me! Here are the instructions from my dad:
Here is a few shots of my greenhouse which is 8x6. The sides are 4 feet with plastic hoops over the top. I have made it so I can use a screw gun to disassemble when I am done. I take the flats out when the sun is out, and bring them in a night. You have to have two ventilation windows you can open, and a thermometer, since it can get too hot when the sun shines. I have a vent in the door and in the end. I used spray cement to glue the plastic on the ends to the part that goes over the top. It works real well. Some times it gets over 100 degrees, so you have to open the door or windows to control the temps.
This is my gardening plan:
I'm going to try to grow all of my plants in my backyard which is fenced in! This will keep the deer away and pesty animals from eating my plants! I'm hoping to start building my containers soon! I'm going to plant: Peas, cucumbers, watermelons, and beets! Also, next month I'm planning on planting carrots, onions, broccoli, corn, and eventually summer squash! When my peas are done producing. I will plant bush beans!
Has anyone tried to grow potatoes in old tires????
I really want to be able to canned my own salsa and tomato sauce! I really wanted to do this last year but I didn't produced enough tomatoes.
My dear readers, what are you planning on growing in your gardens this year?