Gardening is a great way to save money and it can also be fun! For the past 2 years, I have been a container gardener. This year I have decided to try Square Foot Gardening. So far, my husband and I love this method of gardening (especially my husband since he didn't have to dig-up the ground). If our Square Foot Garden is a success this year, I will add more next year. I am in the process of learning how to can (more on my experiences next week) and I hope to have lots of jars of salsa and pickles by the end of the summer!
If you are interested in Square Foot Gardening I would definitely recommend reading Mel Bartholomew's book All New Square Foot Gardening.
Here is my Square Foot Garden:
I planted 4 Cucumber Plants, 3 Tomato Plants, 3 Grape Tomato Plants, 4 Green Pepper Plants, 2 Jalapeno Pepper Plants, 4 Chive Plants & 1 Mint Plant.
We made a chicken wire fence so the cucumbers can grow up and I used wire tomato cages on my 3 large tomato plants.
I used wood stakes for my Grape Tomato plants.
I purchased 3 Blueberry Bushes at Home Depot this spring (2 are still waiting to be planted). I I love blueberries and they freeze well so hopefully after a few years I won't have to buy blueberries at the grocery store anymore. I am considering buying a raspberry bush too.
I also planted 2 Patio Cherry Tomato plants. Connor eats tomatoes by the pound and I wanted to make sure we have enough!!
here on how to make your own Rain Barrel. There is also more information here on Rain Barrels and Kansas City Rain Gardens. If you live in Kansas City, you can go here for a list of upcoming Rain Barrel Workshops.
Some of our gardening is just for fun. Connor and I love to watch butterflies and hummingbirds so we planted 3 Butterfly bushes (2 purple & 1 silver) in our front landscaping. This one now has purple flowers! I can't wait to see what they look like when they get bigger.
here for an easy & cheap recipe to make hummingbird food.
Well, that is my garden this year. How does your garden look?
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