Today the boys came over and we planted a little vegetable garden in the bed that we cleaned completely out except for the Oriental poppies and a few Iris.
First on the agenda was asparagus. Now we won't harvest anything from it this year because it takes two to three years to become established. Next year we should get a light crop and then the following year we should get quite a bit. This will be a nice treat as I love asparagus and it's very expensive to buy at the grocery store or roadside stands. Growing my own, I also know it won't be sprayed with a lot of chemicals.
Then we planted some beefsteak tomato plants. These always do well here and each year since the boys were little we've planted them. The plants we have are nice, healthy looking plants. As they grow, we will have to stake them to keep the plants standing and healthy.
Green onions were next on the agenda. The boys dug the holes and planted the bulbs. We should have lot of green onions this year. I love chives and this will give us our own.
Then we planted a row of leaf lettuce. I'm hoping that it grows. I don't have a lot of luck with seeds, but we will know within a couple weeks if any of it's going to grow. I love leaf lettuce and we planted a row about five feet long. That should give us enough for our own personal use.
The boys aren't big on tomatoes, but will eat the ones that they help grow. I'm hoping that planting this small garden will ease the cost of groceries a little and provide some homegrown produce for us to enjoy.
I wish we had more space. I'm thinking of going to the farm store and buying some galvanized watering troughs (the ones they use to water cattle) in which to grow vegetables. Many city people are using them to plant a small garden. I just have to figure out if we have a place to put them where the plants will get enough sun.
Do you grow a vegetable garden? If so, what type of vegetables do you plant for your family to enjoy?
Have a great week. We have perfect weather here for outdoor chores. We really need to get some things done before Wednesday when the rain is to move in once more.