I have attempted to grow a vegetable garden with various levels of effort for the last 4 years. The first year we built 2 raised garden beds, I planted a ton of different things and we had moderate success. In those four years I also was pregnant with my 3rd (and then a couple of years with her as a little one who really was not much fun outside). We had success with basil, zucchini and tomatoes. And last year I had sort of given up on the idea of gardening but we had tomato plants that came back on their own. A few things I learned about vegetable gardening:
- It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be.
- You have to water your plants especially when your yard is in full sun.
- You have to weed. And weed. And weed.
- Starting seeds indoors is not for me.
So this year my plan is:
- Clear the garden beds of weeds, fill in with some dirt, peat moss…whatever the guy at Lowe’s recommends and isn’t too expensive.
- In late March, plant lettuce seeds directly into the ground and fence it to keep the critters away.
- Buy tomato, basil and zucchini plants and plant them sometime in May.
- Enjoy all of the BLTs, pesto and sautéed zucchini I can eat!