Next year things are going to be different for our garden. Every year I have planted pretty much the same things. Beans, corn, tomatoes, a few squash plants, a few cucumber plants, and if I felt froggy, I would plant some beats or melons. This year, like all the other years, our garden is over run by weeds. Mostly because it's hot and I don't want to go and pull weeds. So I've been trying to come up with a solution on how I can get a better garden and more food. I just might have come up with a solution. Raised beds and containers.
Not just raised beds in the garden, NO! Raised beds RIGHT OUTSIDE MY DOOR! I have an old metal container that I put a tomato plant in this year. I LOVE going out and watering it and weeding it. Then I set in my chair and I admire it. I keep watch to see if there are any bugs on it. I make sure to check the color of the tomatoes more than twice a day. I almost treat it better than my husband. hehehe
So I got to wondering why don't I just "move " my garden to in front of my door? Now, I'm not talking right in front of my door. You won't have to step over beans to get into the house. I'm talking about being able to see it from my door. Our garden that we use now is up on the hill with a fence around it. (stupid deer) The beans were ate by the rabbits(stupid rabbits), and NOW the rabbits are eating my tomatoes!(Double on the stupid rabbits) But, they aren't eating my tomatoes in front of the house!
As I get older,(not that I'm old) I start to "know" myself better. And, I realize that "Myself" is lazy. lol! Well, maybe lazy isn't the word for it. I know that if I lose interest in something, I wont follow up on it. With the vegetable plants being in my face everyday, I'll check on them. I'll make sure they are weeded, I'll make sure they have water, and I'll make sure the rabbits won't eat them. I've heard that gardening in containers can produce more. I'll guess I'll find out.
Another thing that I'm going to be doing different next year is trying different types of veggies. I'm already checking out different things to grow. Different types of beans, different melons, different tomatoes, all kinds of things that I would never have thought about in my big "normal" garden. I want to plant garlic this fall. I've NEVER planted garlic before. I might even try different types of garlic. I know, I'm a big risk taker. :) I'm going to plant onions too. Oh, and research how to keep them all winter. We use a lot of onions and I would like to provide them from our garden instead of going to the grocery store.
One thing that I promised myself for this coming year though, is to not overwhelm myself on getting it all done at once. I know myself enough to know that if I get overwhelmed, I will quit in frustration. So I'm just going to do it slow. I mean, I still will have the other garden up on the hill. I want to plant the corn and maybe some watermelon and such up there. But I want to see how raised beds and container gardening will benefit my lazy way of life. lol
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, a new (lazy) direction.