Three weeks later, I spent hours breaking up the clods and clumps of grass before smoothing the surface with a rake. Then I mixed potting soil, organic fertilizer, and mulch together and worked it in with the existing dirt. We were ready to plant!
Over Memorial Day weekend, I planted zucchini's, cucumbers, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, basil, and tomatoes. A few marigolds help repel garden-eating bugs.
We weren't sure how the vegetables would respond to the soil and the location. So far, they're thriving. The garden took up little room, allowing me to mulch the entire thing. In one month I've picked three stalks of grass and one weed. Obviously the weed killer in early April made the biggest difference, but the mulch helps tremendously. Next year we'll skip the initial weed killer. I'm sure I'll be pulling more weeds.
Here are pictures from the day I planted them. (We also arranged potted flowers.)
|Zucchini and cucumber plants in the corner of our garden.|
Basil and pepper plants.
Here are pictures I took over the weekend (four weeks later).
Jalapenos will be ready soon!
The "little" zucchini plants in the corner grew quickly!
Love how full the potted arrangement became. :)
We've had a LOT of rain this summer. I saw these cute little mushrooms popping up and had to take a picture. :)
Gardening can be a lot of work, but I've done very little out there in the last month. It's so fun watching all the plants and blossoms grow. We have three zucchinis almost ready to pick. The tomato plants are huge, but it will be a while before we get any of those.
Do you garden? What are your secrets? If not, consider a small garden like ours--it's been fun and easy!
Have a wonderful day!