One of the cool things about the house we moved into back in December, is that it has this beautiful fenced-in vegetable garden already constructed in the backyard. There is a gorgeous stone wall surrounding the garden (which I am hoping will help to keep the bunnies out!), a tall deer fence that sits on top of the stone wall (which I am hoping will keep Bambi out), and a beautiful wooden gate. It even has a water hook-up right in the garden, which should make it easy to keep up with watering the plants! (Although it is in need of repair as the pipe burst and turned into a water fountain back in January!). It is so charming… and it is just begging for me to do something with it!
So the kids and I have some big plans! And while I am a little intimidated about taking on yet another thing to maintain, I am hoping that the kids will be motivated to help me keep up with it.
So here's my game plan for our backyard vegetable garden:
In the back of the garden are 2 long rectangular beds that I would like to use for tomatoes- growing some larger sliceable varietal and then a smaller varietal for eating (grape/cherry?) One of the middle beds is already staked for peas or beans… so I think I would like to try some sugar snap peas, and also some edamame (which my kids eat by the bagful!). In the other middle bed I would like to plant cucumbers…. and maybe something else. Ideas? In the front the garden I would like to make one bed for fruit- and I am thinking perhaps strawberries, and the other one for lettuce and carrots.
I already found this cool tip from Housing A Forest about re-growing lettuce- and I've started two lettuce plants right on my kitchen windowsill. I think they'll be ready to transplant into the garden by the end of the this week!
At least I know that we'll be good in the pollination department with my husband's beehives just steps away!
What Are Your Best Backyard Vegetable Garden Tips?
What fruits and veggies have you had the most success with? How have you dealt with insect pests (especially stink bugs)? And looking at my gardening plan- what am I missing? Please leave me a comment and share!