Mar 13, 2013

Gardening



One of my dreams when we got our house was that I would be able to do a garden.  Just the thought brings back memories of my Gram's garden.   The taste of her vegetables were so delicious.  We used to go out and pick a tomato, then cut it up and put a bit of Miracle Whip on the plate, and that made up a great snack.  Both my mother and myself really moved about too much to set up a garden.

But now we, myself and Saje) have put down roots.  This is where I will be living until I retire or can't stand the weather's effects on my body.  Which ever comes first.  Probably the weather.  To tell you the truth, I would be living in Arizona now if it wasn't for the friends I have here and my job which I really enjoy.

This will be our third year here and our third attempt to garden.  Both myself and my hubby are pretty much novices at this growing your own thing and our first garden's reflect that.  I just really hoped that we learned from our mistakes. 

The first year we started out with a raised bed.  I decided where I wanted it to go based on my plans for the future.  The thing that I didn't consider was the most important.  This location only gets around 2 to 3 hours of late afternoon sun if that.  I ended up growing a bumper crop of mushrooms.  And I don't know enough to know whether they were a safe type so that was a total wash out.

Last year wasn't quite so bad.  We got some really big planters and purchased some tomato and squash plants.  We did manage to get a few vegetables off of each but not as many as I was hoping for.  It took me until later in the season to realize that if I set the planters on the concrete out back they will grow better.

This year (and I hope that I am not too late) I plan on starting a container garden on my front deck.  It is about 8' wide and goes the length of the house.  And it's main selling point is that it get full sun for about 6 to 8 hours a day.  Now I just have to find containers.  I am leaning toward livestock troughs but I am open for suggestions.

Does anyone have any great links for planters?  Preferably ones that allow you to layer the pots so that I can get more growing area out of a smaller location.
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