I started four 4 x 4 square foot gardening boxes this fall. I spent quite a bit of money for coarse vermiculite, peat, and 5 different composts to blend. I will never have that expense again because all I need to do as one crop is harvested and I plant something else is add my own compost to that 12 x 12 inch square. So I have 64 squares in production. Sugar Snap pea plants are taller than me and getting ready to put out another harvest. Another couple of days and they will be fat and juicy. Delicious out in the garden. This week, I bought a pkg. of sugar snap peas at the store while waiting for this harvest. I couldn't eat them raw, and they had very little flavor when steamed.
I have a salad every day with a huge variety of lettuces and not one leaf is ever rotten. Red Salad Bowl is absolutely gorgeous and I've never had that variety before. I have other varieties that I have no idea what they are.
So the variety that is possible with this method is amazing. Also, I put some transplants purchased at the garden store in my raised bed, Mel's mix; and some out in my flower beds. Broccoli, leeks, and tomatoes all withered and died. All plants have done well in my raised beds except the acorn squash. And I don't think anything inorganic would have helped it. The plant didn't survive our 2 nights below 32 degrees. My mom thought I was silly. That I would be eating a $50 head of broccoli. I have already saved the cost of the mix in salad greens, squash bossoms, peas, green beans and basil.
But the best thing is, I am eating vegetables now, and I know they have nothing on them that could harm me. Was it worth it? I can't wait to get up in the morning to go out and pick my salad leaves and water.
It is very hard to wait for the onions, garlic and shallots. I'm 64 and never eaten a shallot before.
Variety in my healthy organic garden is definitely the spice in my life.
- 12/11/2012 12:38:45 AM