This is a photo of my edible garden space. I call it the “Armeggarden”. Hubs is about halfway convinced that Mad Max times are coming and that we need to be prepared. Ok. Whatever. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of living ~comfortably~ off the grid, so this is a first step!
We found out a couple of years ago, when we had to get a 10 foot deep chasm in our yard to connect to the city sewer line, that our yard was filled with top soil when they built the house. For the uninitiated to Tennessee red clay and hard pan, it means luscious, dark brown soil, 10 fricken’ feet deep! I can dig it up with a garden fork instead of having to rent a gas powered tiller (and still having to bust my butt to get it decently tilled) and it is filled with big, fat, healthy earthworms.
The space pictured is a little over 2 feet deep and about 23 feet long. In that space, I can actually grow quite a bit! Last year, I got well over 20 lbs of tomatoes, county fair prize-winning sized cucumbers, 7 kinds of basil, and tons more.
I’ve expanded this year and gotten most of my seeds planted. If all goes well, I will have:
Dragon Tongue Beans
Purple Pole Beans
Sugar Snap Peas
Evergreen Bunching Onions
Several colors of Nasturtiums
Orange, Yellow, Red, White, and Purple carrots
7 or more varieties of lettuce
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Pink and Red Dianthus
Blue and Black Bachelor Buttons
Tiger Eyes Marigolds
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Pink Brandywine Tomatoes
Cherry Belle and Rattail radishes
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Regular and Garlic Chives
Vit Corn Salad
Citrus and Chocolate Mint
Lemon, lime, Genovese, purple, and globe basil
Tiffany, Electra, and Peace roses
And those are just the edible ones! I have a few more that are strictly ornamental, but I will get into those another day.
In my main beds, I use soaker hoses on a timer during the hottest part of the summer. I use Amdro slug baits to control our slug and snail infestation and plain dish soap/water solution for other bugs. I use compost and fish emulsion for fertilizer.
Right now, I’m having problems with aphids on my peas and either squirrels or rabbits are eating my bean and sunflower sprouts. I’ll write more tomorrow about how I’m dealing with these annoyances.