Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gardening 101 ~ 2012 Back Yard Garden


I just realized I have never had a dedicated post regarding our backyard garden.  I thought today would be a great time to do so and it will also be my 31 Days of Simple Joy.

We started our raised bed gardening four summer's ago and it was 8x16 feet.  We were very pleased with it.
Our first raised bed garden
The following summer we increased the garden to 16x24 feet and added four tractor tires to garden as well.  This is what this year's looked like.
2012 garden

We always plant radishes and they are also one of our first crops of the season. Peas grow best when it is cooler, so here in Iowa peas are one of the first crops to harvest for us.

This year's peas were successful.

Some of our plants we plant from seed in the soil; they are: green beans, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, radish, carrots, zucchini, and any type of squash we plant.  The other plants we try to start from seeds indoors or we buy the plants.  This year we found most of our plants at Theisens Farm and Fleet.  They also had the best yields.  If we did not purchase the plants from Theisens the plants came from either Wal-Mart or Menards.  In our back yard garden we planted: Roma tomatoes, beef stead tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, egg plant, broccoli, cauliflower, celery (which was eaten by the rabbits), cabbage, tomatillos,onions,  grape tomatoes, patio tomatoes, carrots, green peppers, banana peppers, and hot peppers.

Above: tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and green beans.
Above:  A close up of one of the cabbage and above it is brocoli.
Above:  foreground are peppers and egg plants, the back several rows are tomato plants
 Above:  One of many tomato plants
 Above: Green Beans
Above: Egg Plant
Above: Banana Pepper
This year Iowa had a drought; however, we made sure our garden was watered because of our irrigation system, the soaker hose.  This seemed to help our garden but the hot days took a toll on the green beans. This was our first year of not having a very good season for green beans.  Our tomatoes came through with a abundance as well as the egg plant, which was our first year of growing.  All of our peppers were successful this year.  The broccoli and cabbage was outstanding.  The tomatillos over took one end of our garden.  We will have to plan differently for the plant if we chose to plant again.  The onions did not get enough water in the tires.  This was our first year planting them in the tires.  I do not think we will do that again.  The past few summers our cucumbers have not been very successful due to the cucumber beetles.  We are going to research this more this coming winter to see what we can do to prevent them.  Over all, we had a successful year of gardening.  I am still canning and freezing.  Once I have everything done, I will post exactly what our gardening this summer provided to us.


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