Seeds Almost Here!

I just checked the tracking on my seeds from MyPatriotSupply.com, and they’re out for delivery!  WOOHOO!

Yes, I’m excited.  Why?  Well, let’s just say that I love eating fresh vegetables out of the garden, and I like the idea of growing enough food for my family to take care of many of our food needs for the next year.

Theoretically, anyway.

You see, I’ve never had nearly that much luck for whatever reason.  With squash — something that’s getting planted in the next week or so — I’ve not yet yielded a single squash.  Not one.  They bloom, they grow, but nothing.

So, I’m going to try again.  Squash and onions will go in the ground fast.  Yes, it’s hot, which worries me, but I’ll get some hay to use as mulch and hopefully it’ll keep it cool enough to let stuff grow.

So what else is on the agenda?

Well, green beans is a big part of our diet, so I’ll be growing a lot of those. In this case, I’ll be growing Blue Lake pole beans, rather than the bush variety I have more experience with.  My reasoning is that my reading indicates that pole varieties will keep putting out pods throughout the season, so long as you keep harvesting them.  Obviously, this translated to more beans (DUH!).

Bush varieties, by contrast, only produce for a couple of weeks no matter how much you harvest.  This, I’ve seen first hand.  As a result, if you plant a like number of pole beans, you’ll get a much greater harvest.  This is kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it?

Additionally, I’ve got carrots and lettuce in route as well.  Still needing to be ordered are spinach (research is needed to determine what kind I want to grow), potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

With the help of succession planting, I’m hoping I can get most of these grown and harvest enough to cover our needs.  Maybe.

However, if these are successful, I’ll be growing in more beds, and hopefully add in a few other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and corn (maybe).  We’ll see how things work out.

Now I just need this heel injury — the one I haven’t told you about — to heal so I can get outside and start digging out the beds.  I think I’ll be ready to roll by tomorrow, at least in part.  I hope to have everything ready for seeds to roll starting next Monday.

I do plan on documenting what works and what doesn’t work here, including my experiments in vertical gardening.

So, if you have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions for varieties of spinach I can grow, please leave a comment. 🙂

Ending Radio Silence

Hello, folks.  Sorry it’s been quiet here, but life has been…interesting.

First, we had a mild SHTF incident when we lost water here at the house for the weekend.  We could fetch it from outside, but no running water inside.  It was…interesting.

It was a nice reminder that I really need to do better on my water storage.

However, I started doing a bit of garden planning now that we’re past this thing with the water (pro tip: Never assume a faucet is a simple fix unless you are a plumber).

Now, some of you might remember that I mentioned I live in a mobile home court (which is just a step up above your traditional trailer park).  We live in a decent sized, fenced in yard, but I didn’t think a garden was a realistic option.

Then I started thinking about vertical gardening.

The idea of growing up instead of out sounds like the ticket for such a limited space.  So, planning has begun.

Of course, this offers up some challenges as well.  For example, I have two parts of my hard that are where I plan to put place the garden.  One is north facing, one is west.  The eastern part of the yard is too narrow to do much of anything, plus has a lot of tree cover so it’s not ideal anyways.  The South is just too shady.  At any point in the day, there’s like zero sun there.

The biggest challenge is that it’s still shady as heck.  At 7:30 this morning, there was remarkably little sunlight hitting the ground.  By 10, it was decent on the western lawn.  By 1:30, the better sunned section from earlier was now in the shade.  However, the entire North lawn was bright and sunny and clearly had been for some time.

It’s a good thing I’m going vertical, because there’s really very little yard available for use that has decent sun.

Anyway, I’ll make it work.  The BOL doesn’t really have great sun either, so this will make a good lesson in planning around that.