2011 Summer Garden – An adventure in miniaturization

by admin on June 29, 2011

This is my main garden where I grow vegetables and fruit intensively in raised beds.   You can fit a lot more plants using a square foot method instead of the traditional row method.   These beds are made of composite deck materials.  That means they cost about $80-100 each to make BUT they will last for decades.  I’ve used wood and tires to make my raised beds over the years and this is, by far, my favorite material to make beds from.

This bed contains a few squares of corn (variety Ambrosia) simply because I don’t think a garden should be without corn.  It’s a lovely plant.  In front of the corn are two rows of cucs, both of them spacesaving varieties.  The farthest row is Burpee “Picklebush”.  It has been very productive and has yielded enough for me to can four pints of sweet pickle relish and several quarts of refrigerator dill pickles just from one 3-foot long row.  Nice!   The other row is Burpee “Saladbush” cucumbers.  Also quite prolific producers giving us plenty of crisp cucs for salads.   At the front of the bed are four green pepper plants.  When the corn and cucs stop producing, I’ll rip out the plants and replant that half of the bed with garlic and lettuce in early fall.

The bed to the left has green beans, a bush variety known as “Beananza”.   So far that one bed has yielded 25 individual servings of beans and it’s still going!    The bed in the middle of the photo has 2 indeterminate type tomato plants, two rows of onions, one row of radishes (a variety known as “Watermelon” which is white outside and pink inside) and two hills of a very compact variety of cantaloupe known as Burpee Honey Bun.   The verdict is still out regarding this new space saving variety of lopes.  So far the vines have been filled with blossoms, plenty of bees pollinating, and one small softball sized cantaloupe produced.   The far right bed contains day neutral strawberries, a variety called “Seascape”.   I’m thinking of getting rid of the strawberries in favor of more tomatoes, onions and peppers to make salsa and spaghetti sauces.

The first pickings.

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