As I mentioned in my earlier post Cliff and I planted another garden this year. Last year was our first garden and I think we really went for it. We built our bed last year and it has held up well for this year. Here is the post about building the garden bed. Last year we planted:
4 tomato plants
4 pepper plants
2 pole beans
1 lemon tree
The tomato plants did great. They were huge. I had to buy 10 foot stakes to keep them from toppling over and even those were too short. But we had more tomatoes then we knew what to do with. 3 of 4 pepper plants did great, but again, more peppers than we knew what to do with. 1 pickle did great, 1 died. Zucchini-dead. Celery, grew but didn’t taste very good. Broccoli and Cauliflower- infested with ugly worms. I tore those out real quick. The pole beans did really well, unfortunately, I didn’t like the way they tasted. The skin was too thick. The popcorn did pretty good but I never actually made any popcorn. Y ou have to let the cobs dry out so I just left them there. And well, that was the end of that. Strawberries didn’t doo too much. I got a few small berries. The mint grew like crazy but I didn’t really use it. It smelled nice though. The basil also did well but I only used the regular basil and the lemon basil. Never did find a lot of uses for the cinnamon basil.
Kelly and I bought my Mom a meyer lemon tree for Mother’s day last year and I bought myself one at the same time. In our climate the tree can stay outside in the summer but must be brought in once it gets cold. We haven’t gotten any lemons yet but my Mom has one huge one on her tree and I have 5 decent sized lemons. I still have high hopes for those trees.
So, back to this year. What did we plant?
1 San Marzano tomato
1 Cherry tomato
1 banana pepper
1 jalapeno pepper
1 brussel sprout
Meyer lemon tree
What came back?
All of the strawberry plants came back from last year and 1 mint plant. And of course the lemon.
I am hoping this year that I won’t be overwhelmed by tomatoes and peppers. And I hope we got lots and lots of pickles, cause those were my favorite last year. I am still considering planing a small watermelon plant and some dill. We will see if I can find the room.
Here are some other pretty pictures of our yard just for kicks
What did you plant this year?