This is my fourth year doing a vegetable garden… I think. Is that bad that I honestly don’t remember if it has been three or four years?! Anyways, I’ve been attempting to grow vegetables for a few years now and this years garden seems like the best one yet! (knock on wood…)
Maybe it’s because I have two cute little helpers! Here’s one of them with some tomatoes and a cucumber.
This garden has all different kinds of tomatoes.
This garden has squash, eggplant, cucumbers, spaghetti squash and watermelon.
I’ll start with the tomato garden. This year I did four grape tomato plants, two yellow tomato plants, three Roma tomato plants and two or three big beef and other bigger sized tomato plants.
All of the tomatoes are growing like crazy this year! It’s the tallest and most flourishing it’s ever been for me.
The other garden is doing great too! We have already eaten many squash.
We have an eggplant growing really well.
We planted both slicing and pickling cucumbers and have already gotten a couple pickling cucumbers which we have been eating all week!
We have a ton of spaghetti squash growing already too!
These were the spaghetti squash a couple weeks ago.
This is a terrible picture, but these are them now.
We also did something new and tried to grow three watermelon plants. They were super small when we got them but have grown a ton and recently started growing flowers, so we will see if we actually get an edible watermelon this year!
Here is another sweet girl excited about eating our home grown vegetables! Or maybe just pretending she is an elephant with them?!
Now that you have seen my garden, here are some tips that I have learned through trial and error over the last couple of years. I am no garden expert, but this is what has worked for me!
1- If you live in the south with hot summers, make sure you water your garden everyday thoroughly. I have made the mistake of going on a summer trip without asking a friend to water my garden and it made for a lot of dead plants when I got back!
2- The best time to water your garden is in the morning or when the sun is going down at night.
3- This year, Anthony told me to rotate which vegetables go in each garden bed to help with the soil nutrition. I listened and moved my tomato garden to the bed they have never been in before and they have seemed to grow a lot better.
4- If you have kids, get them involved! My girls are always more excited to eat the vegetables they helped grow and that they picked from our garden.
What kind of vegetables do you grow in your garden?
Do you have any tips or tricks to make your garden more successful?