A Garden Update

Our garden is now a couple months old and so far our crop has been pretty sparse.  You might remember the photos of our baby plants when we brought them home.  Then I gave an update a few weeks later with some new photos.

I am doubtful if we will break even this year (our original investment was $50) and so far we have enjoyed. . .1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash and 3 tomatoes-hardly $50 worth even at today’s prices.

We stil have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers on the vines and hopefully they will ripen and we can enjoy them, but I still doubt if it we will break even.  However, part of our costs for this year involved the initial set up, but a lot of these things we will be able to reuse over the years.

When we originally started our gardening experience we bought plants (rather than seeds) because we were so late getting started.  Since we have had such a poor harvest and a few of our plants have become infested we believe we may have brought the infestation home on the plants. 

We decided from now on we will only plant from seeds-no more buying plants, so we can’t bring home problems.  Last weekend we planted the seeds for our late summer garden: zucchini, cucumber, radish, carrot, lettuce and spinach.  Lettuce and spinach don’t like the heat so we are leaving them in the house.  Everything else is on the front porch where they are protected from the hot burning sun.

Baby Zucchini-these will need to be thinned in a few weeks.

Baby Cucumbers-these will also need to be thinned.

 

These are the radishes-a few weeks old.

My husband came across a self watering planter design made from 2 liter coke bottles.  He created 10 of these and we used these for the lettuce and spinach. 

 We are not sure how these will work but we thought we would try since keeping everything watered is a definite problem.  Here is a close up of a 3 day old lettuce.

I sure hope we have better luck with the fall garden than we did with the summer one!

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2 Responses to A Garden Update

  1. louisianalurker says:

    Patti, You may not have broken even this year, but at least you didn’t have to worry about where your tomatoes were coming from. Also, could you give us a web site for the self- watering bottles or could your husband share the idea on how to make them? On another note, be careful with your lettuce if you have rabbits. I did not get any lettuce this year because of a few rabbits! I guess they needed it more than we did. Good luck.

  2. pattisoriginals says:

    So true about the tomatoes, I could not believe they were still selling them in our groceries! I will do without until more of ours ripen.

    Our lettuce is staying indoors to protect it from the heat, so no worry about rabbits, but thanks for the warning!

    Here is the link for the self-watering bottles.

    One, Two and Three Liter Soda (Pop) Bottle Planters - Step 1

    Patti

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