This was going to be the year. We have not had a lot of time for gardening over the last few years. But this year we had a plan, it was going to be different.
We bought a greenhouse kit from Harbor Freight. It came in a box of a million pieces.
It took us about three days to build it. Then I built some raised beds and put in automatic drip waterers. It has turned out to be pretty nice.
The greenhouse was actually pretty successful. We had tons of lettuce, some strawberries and a nice crop of heirloom tomatoes.
We also planted potatoes in garbage cans. My Mom planted a lot of them and tended them as the greens grew and covered them with soil as they grew. We planted two large cans and one small one. We were hoping for a huge crop. The greenery died so it was time to harvest. We were instructed to dump them out on a tarp. We had a little help with the harvest.
Jackie decided that digging in the dirt sounded like loads of fun.
This is our entire crop. Not exactly what we were expecting.
Not sure what happened there. We will try again next year.
Oh and the upside down hanging tomato bags were a waste of twenty bucks. I think we got one or two tomatoes off of those plants.
I wanted to build some square foot gardening beds but after adding up the costs I didn't think we were going to be able to afford to do it. I started looking on Craig's list for unwanted wood and found someone tearing out a deck. I got a truck load of 2 x 12's of fir.
We built several containers.
We used every bit of wood and bought a truck load of garden mix to make sure our seeds would have a good start.
We did not have much luck here. This was the carrot crop. A bit on the puny side.
We had a similar harvest of radishes and squash. We did manage a nice crop of jalapenos.
One of 5 grape plants produced, we did have the best blueberry crop this year and the apples look really good.
So we will not be defeated, we are going to test our soil and try for a banner year in 2010. Meanwhile we are going to try for a winter crop of salad greens in the greenhouse.