Our 2017 edible garden was pretty successful. It was our first time mostly gardening in a bed versus using containers. Here are some scenes from our edible garden which started out with a kids gardening kit, a plot of land and a whole lot of hands on work. Our garden was mostly organic. All the soil and fertilizer was organic, all of the individual seeds I purchased were organic and the few plant babies I purchased were organic too minus one tomato plant.
The cucumbers, radishes and watermelons started off well from this kit. The carrots never made it and while the green beans did, they did not transplant well.
The okra was a big hit.
Our beets did start but they did not produce. We got a few radishes before the box was infested by pests.
I can’t believe how tiny Z was last year. Her cucumber plants were so good to us.
The kids really enjoyed working in the garden and ate everything we picked.
Tiny bell peppers.
We had about six melons come from her set but only two grew to about palm size but they stopped there and were not edible. The others were taken by the geese I suppose.
Hello pretty pollinator. A part of me wants to farm bees. Only a tiny part of me though.
Our tomato plants did really well too.
This lettuce was so good but I did not harvest properly so it did not last the entire season. That kale is still back there right now. Definitely planting more but on the shadier side of this bed.
These peppers were so good too.
This was our first harvest. Kale, eggplants, cucumbers, radishes.
Glorious okra. Definitely planting more of these because pickled okra!
This shot of the tomatoes is my absolutely favorite from the garden.
The kiddos were happy about their tomato harvest.
Her cucumber plant climbed and spread the entire length of the fence. We had tons of cucumbers. We ate, we gave and we just kept harvesting more and more.
We made homemade dill pickles (refrigerator pickles) several times from cucumbers we grew in the garden.
And then these little buggers killed our cucumber plant. So mad!
But the harvest continued…
What went well: cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, kale, okra, eggplant rosemary, oregano, dill, thyme. Basil went so well and lasted well through fall. Cilantro after the fact (came up as the weather cooled and is still back there now).
What didn’t go so well: lettuce (due to my harvesting technique), radishes due to infestation. Watermelons but not sure why besides the ones the geese stole. Mint, we had some but I am surprised it didn’t do better. Moving to a different location this year.
What didn’t happen at all: We planted 4 varieties of squash. Not one of them produced despite a few growing well and even blooming. Beets, green onions and green beans did not produce. Well we got two green beans off one plant but that was it. I planted 4 different varieties for a total of 8 plants.
Do you grow an edible garden? I’ll be sharing some tips on starting your own garden soon.