A few months ago, we were discussing different gardening ideas. I previously had a garden for 10 years, also grew up with a garden my whole life. A
divorce changes a lot. My previous house a had a 15'X 15' garden, tiller the whole works and had a lot of room for many veggies. Now that I am
renting and have a decent sized yard, I wnet with above ground garden bed, which is 4'x4'x8" purchased at Lowe's for about $80.
I did overload it. I went with a variety of tomatoes, two cucumbers, one zucchini, one cherry tomato, a pack of Bush beans, banana peppers, and two
yellow peppers. I also tried Romaine lettuce and never grew it before. I researched the lettuce and it went to seed early? It went up to about almost
3' tall. Lettuce experts out there for input?
I know I overloaded the garden to start, I usually get 3 to 5 picks on my beans(they had room), I will say the drought did them in, I got 2 picks. I
will try and post a pick later, the camera is in Disney at the moment.
My tomatoes are coming in nicely now, the cucs and zucs have been since July along with the banana peppers
My girlfriend moved some of my plum tomatoes into a separate planter for flowers(3'x2'x 4")...ugh, never again.
For those looking to garden in the future,Do Not use small flower planters ever! My first tip. from experience. They are not deep enough and you can
not post stake anything that grows tall, you need a good 8" depth for many plants. For those renting as myself, the pre-fab kits are very easy and
cost about $80.. I needed 11 40lb. bags top soil and 1 horse manure to fill it.(Soil only $2 per bag)
The whole operation cost me about $100, about another $20/30 for plants already started from a nursery.
You can go even way cheaper! Buy two 1"x 10x 8'' no chemical treated boards, cut them in Home Depot/Lowe's to 4' sections, add in a pack of 3/4"
wood screws and one piece of lattice and you have a garden. I would also add 8 L-brackets to secure the sides better. For apartments, you can buy at
Home Depot their 5 gallon buckets cheap and have a few tomatoes to grow. If you have a friend in the Construction industry(paint and spackle buckets),
you can get the buckets for free, just make sure they rinse them out and poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage.
I'll leave you with a simple zucchini recipe for a side dish. 1 zucchini, 1 16oz. can diced tomato, 1 box sliced mushrooms(I like baby bellas), 1
onion if you like, parm cheese and mozzarella, bread crumbs kosher salt and cracked pepper, olive oil.
Saute' zucchini(sliced) and mushrooms,onions in oil until soft, add diced tomato.Transfer to greased(Pam) baking dish and mix with cheese. top with
parm, crumbs and more mozzarella. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.
To cut time, just saute' and add tomatoes!