I can’t say I am good at gardening, but I am good at haphazardly throwing some plants into the ground, watering them, weeding the area around the plants, and eating the fruits of my labor. I am not good about spreading my plants out or putting cages around the tomato plants before they get to be too big.
Alongside our driveway, Brody has built me two raised beds. For the past few years, I have grown tomatoes of all kinds (extremely successful in a good way), zucchini (extremely successful in a bad way), cantelope (unsuccessful), peppers (decent), and cucumbers (didn’t realize pickling cucumbers were different than normal cucumbers – #picklingfail).
This year I vow to give my vegetable plants more room to grow and to use stakes or cages for the tomatoes early enough.
My Memorial Day tradition is to plant; this year I picked out six tomato plants, three pepper plants, swiss chard, and a pickling cucumber plant.
See how nicely I spaced out the tomato and pepper plants?
I already had lettuce (purchased at Home Depot a few weeks ago) and strawberries (from a neighbor) going in one bed, so I filled in one end with the swiss chard and cucumber.
The strawberries, which are impossible to see from this photo, will not likely do well this year. Hopefully they will root themselves and take over the entire garden bed next summer. There is one itty-bitty strawberry, though, and I was quite excited when I found it. One of my favorite things to do at my cottage (besides rock hunting and reading) was to go berry picking. I was an expert berry picker, whether it be strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. I love fruit and love the idea of growing my own! If I could, I would have lots of fruit trees, but apparently they are messy, not a lot of fruit grows well in Wisconsin, and I am too lazy to wait years for the fruit to actually come in.
Besides the vegetables growing in my yard, Brody and I decided to do a CSA this summer. I have been asking Brody to do one for the last four years, and he finally gave in – yeah! I cannot remember the name of the farm, but they deliver our box directly to his office which is super convenient. Once school is done in eight days, I will be testing out lots of new recipes with probably some new to me items.
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and a fantastic Tuesday!