I've always been envious of the beautiful vegetable gardens shown around Pinterest and the blogosphere. We don't really have a backyard that is conducive to a garden though. There isn't a lot of space and the sun light/shade conditions aren't great. Thus, we have never tackled a garden. That changes this year.
I've decided to team up with my older brother and my mom and turn this little plot of land into a veggie garden we can all share.
It's located at my parent's place and it's had some attempts at vegetable gardens the past few years but nothing overly successful. It needs some love.
Naturally, making this decision has put me into planning mode. We came up with a rough list of what we want to grow. Our list includes pumpkins, cantelope, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green and yellow beans, peas, lettuces, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. Peppers, and beets may make an appearance as well. We'll see how our spacing works out.
I've been looking around for ideas and inspiration we can implement and here are some of my favourites. We likely won't be able to do most of these but this is best case scenario. A girl can dream, right?
Gutter gardens. I think this idea would be great along the backside of the old chicken coop (the white siding building in the photo). It would allow us to grow more things in a small foot print and would help elevate the leafy lettuce, spinach, etc so the bunnies can't eat it. Bunnies are problematic for the garden.
In an ideal world, we would build some raised beds and have cute little paths between them. I loooove the look of this. The brick path is my favourite but seems labour intensive. A mulch or pea gravel path would likely be just as effective.
I like the idea of keeping herbs that tend to spread in buried pots. This would be great for mint. I hear mint tends to spread like wildfire so this would help contain it. My brother loves mojitos so I'm sure he'd be all for this!
If we do get around to building raised beds, I like the tip of using cardboard or wet newspaper as a weed blocker. That weed blocking fabric is a pain and never seems to work just right- at least in my experience. Cardboard or newspaper is less expensive too!
I'll be honest, I know little about vegetable gardening. This will be a big learning experience. What I am excited about is crafty projects like plant markers. Oh and eating the vegetables- that is right up my alley too! Here are some of my favourite plant marker inspirations-
Now that I have thought about the pretty things, I guess I should look into the actual planning of plants and such. The pretty part is just so much more fun than the dirty, manual labour part though ... haha.
Which plant markers do you like the best? Anyone else out there planning a garden this year?