Recently my wife and I planted a garden in our backyard. We have had some vegetables planted in pots, but this our first fill-fledged garden. In order to give it the best chance of survival, we decided to go with a raised bed approach.
After lugging enough railroad ties into the backyard to create the frame of the 16’x10′ we needed some dirt. One of the many things I have learned as a result of this project is that you always need not dirt then you think. For instance, I set out thinking that we would need about 2 cubic yards or dirt. When it was all said and done, we actually used 5 cubic yards.
Nevertheless, now that we had our frame and dirt, it was time to plant some vegetables. We ended up going with some tomatoes, green beans, green onions, cucumbers, peppers (which died and had to be replaced) and sugar snap peas (they also died and were replaced with Strawberries). Today everything is growing well and soon we will be ready to harvest.
There are few items that I have learned that I want to share to help your garden grow strong and help your family.
1. Good dirt and frequently watering is the best thing for any gardening.
2. Never be afraid to try something new in a garden. The failures actually create a more fertile spot for future tries.
3. Some of the best times of my day is looking and tending to the garden with my wife. Being in the dirt has a way of helping you get a better perspective on the world.
Feel free to share some of you gardening stories.