Nearly ten years ago, I bought my home with a dilapidated swimming pool off the corner of the dilapidated back deck. I would have loved to have a swimming pool to splash around in, but there was tree growing through the bottom and the inner liner was missing. It would have been a giant money pit.
So my sister and I ripped the pool out. The year he moved in, Joe put in a garden in that spot.
The first year, he planted tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and cabbage. No one watered it while we were on our 10 day honeymoon, and thus the yield was meager.
The second year, our baby was born in June, so he planted a few tomato and zucchini plants and left it at that.
The third year, he planted zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, onions, chives, broccoli, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, green beans, and acorn squash. The cucumbers did pretty well, as did the potatoes. The rest didn’t do so well. The acorn squash yielded three whole squash – which were eaten by a rodent in the garage before we were able to eat them.
This Year’s Garden
This will be the fourth year. Because we’ve never had much success with our garden (does this make any sense?), Joe decided to start his plants from seeds this year.
He invested in one of those little plastic greenhouses with 72 wells, each containing one hard little peat pellet that swells up like a sponge on steroids when it gets wet.
He planted 2 seeds in each of the 72 wells, except for the acorn squash well (1 seed in that one because there was only one acorn squash seed)
- 6 wells of purple Sequoia garden green beans
- 6 wells of Burpee’s Stringless Green pod garden green beans
- 12 wells of Super Sugar Snap Peas
- 6 wells of Burpee’s Fordhook Zucchini squash
- 6 wells of yellow Pic-N-Pic Hybrid summer squash
- 6 wells of Bush Champion Cucumbers
- 12 wells of Detroit Supreme Dark Red beets
We also planted a Winter Squash Medley, which consisted of the seeds at the right. Incidentally, the package claims to contain 25% of each of 4 varieties. Does that look like 25% to you?
- 6 pots of butternut squash
- 1 acorn squash seed
- 7 pots of spaghetti squash
- 3 pots of lakota squash
- 1 pot of mystery squash seeds
Joe has a few more things that he’d like to plant.
- Leaf lettuce
- Tomatoes (though he hasn’t picked a variety yet)
I think he’s going to have to expand his little garden plot.
Happily submitted to Tackle It Tuesday and Talk About Tuesday
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