|Featuring our new fence.|
|My new garden workbench.|
|The new strawberries.|
This year I was determined to maximize what I was growing in a limited space so I made out a VERY complicated plan including a minimum of 10 spreadsheets with various layouts, statistics, etc. on them, ordered lots of new heirloom seeds, prepped the beds and then.....life happened.
Here are some of my lessons learned.
1. Simplify! My plan was way too complicated to keep up with in real life (too many start dates, transplant dates, etc. to track).
|An early shot of the peas.|
|Our few straggly asparagus spears.|
|The secondary garden bed featuring potatoes.|
|Spinach babies before the heat kicked in.|
|The garden coming along - the greenery is mainly peas.|
6. Time....there's never enough to keep up with the weeds but I'm fighting the good fight. I was out there before work Friday at 6am weeding the 5-10 carrots (supposed to be 200)....
Any tips/advice/recommendations with regards to any of these issues would be much appreciated.
Don't want to end on a downer note though - here are some lovely pics of the garden as it has progressed this year. As you can see, the grapes and hops are absolutely wonderful and doing their best to give us cool shade on the arbor! More to come!
|A more recent shot of the grapes and hops.|
|A very early shot of the hops.|
|A more recent shot of the peas|