Earlier this year we (my husband, cat, and I) moved to a new place. I loved our old place. It was in the Hampden/Roland Park area of Baltimore. It had a deck that you could see all the way to the harbor. We had a parking lot that usually one of us could park in. I could walk to two different grocery stores, numerous shops, restaurants, and bars. But the place was getting pretty cramped and it only had one bathroom, which can get a bit problematic when two people want to use it at the same time. So, now I’m living in the county. It’s really just outside of the city and is still just off 83, which allows me to get into work pretty easily, plus it is much closer for Ernie to get to work.
One of the perks about living in the county is that we have space. We live in a duplex with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a yard. This space will hopefully mean we can get more animals (dog!) and I can plant a garden. I tried a community garden a few years ago. I got some radishes, beets, a few tomatoes, lettuce, and surprisingly some carrots. But I failed at it. The garden was in a park, not by my house, so I had to detour every day to go water. That got old REALLY quickly. So every day became every other day, became every third day…. You get the picture.
This year I am DETERMINED to get this right! I am loosely following the Square Foot Gardening method by Mel Bartholomew. I bought my dirt, which was a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, and some mulch. I’m also terrible about following planting schedules, so I’m hoping my plants survive. Lastly, I really really REALLY hope that I’m going to have enough fruit and vegetables that I can try canning/pickling.
Here’s the basic layout:
Big plants: (Clockwise from top left) Zucchini, spaghetti squash, japanese eggplant, and yellow squash.
Small plants (clockwise from bottom left): beefsteak tomato, cucumbers, yellow tomato, yellow pear, empty, mesculun greens, arugula, onions, beets, beets, radish, jalapeno, empty, empty, onions, radish.
Oh, and I bought a blackberry plant. I have no idea if it’ll take or when it will start producing fruit. I’m assuming not til next year at the earliest.
Herbs (parsley, oregano, sage, thyme, basil, and chives)
Cucumber container plant
Any suggestions for my empty square feet?