We started off the year having very little idea of what our garden would actually end up growing. Turns out, it worked pretty well! The box by the street has some strawberries and two zucchini plants. We did get some strawberries but that will ramp up quite a bit over the next two years as the plants mature. The zucchini have been producing like crazy. I think we might just do one next year.
The box closer to the house has a few more strawberry plants and six sun gold tomato plants. Having six of the same plant is overkill. I started a few different varieties in the house, took careful notes about which seeds were which, and then ignored all the notes when I picked the six healthiest plants to move outside. Oops.
Here are some changes that we’ll consider for next year:
- Two zucchini plants is a lot. Maybe do one zucchini and one rhubarb?
- I think it makes sense to put all the strawberries in one box. They are going to overrun whatever container they are in.
- The drip tubing worked great, but maybe instead of carefully placing each emitter, I could use the small area sprayers.
- Don’t try to start plants. It sounds like a great idea, but I did a terrible job guessing when we’d be ready to move plants outside. Warm weather came much later than expected and it was tricky to manage the big plants inside the house.
- Tyla wanted to plant flowers but I think we waited too long for the seeds to take hold (too hot and too much shade from bigger plants.)
But all in all I call this year a success!