During two of our local fund raising crops, Crop For A Cure & Crop and Craft for Missions, I was able to crank out a few more projects by using some of my huge stash of kits by 3 Birds.
Not only was this our first vegetable garden at this home, it was Wesley's first opportunity to grow his own pumpkins. We were quite surprised to see that we were able to get not only one or two, but 4 pumpkins. The pumpkins were small, but it was a nice learning experience for Wesley as well as Michael and I, as we learned a bit about how well some things may or may not grow in relation to its location in our yard, the amount of rain we did NOT receive this year, and the cooler than normal temperatures we also experienced during this odd summer season.
We planted 3 types of tomatoes, locating them on the West side of the raised bed so that the corn was less likely to shade them out. What we learned about the tomatoes: they grew like MAD in relation to the other plants, and therefore are going to have their OWN bed next year!
The peas tasted WONDERFUL and were the family favorite, with us fighting over the few that we were able to harvest. The tomatoes growing like weeds shadowed them out, plus we definately need to plant more pea plants next year.
The corn didn't do diddly.... too little heat as well as rain (yes, we watered the garden almost daily)
caused our corn to only grow a few feet, not being any where near 'knee high by fourth of July'. Local farmers struggled with the same problem, but we were able to buy a fair amount of locally grown sweet corn from the 'Larsen Girls', granddaughters of my scrapbooking friend, Judee Larsen.
I accidentally picked one of only 2 peppers that grew this summer, upsetting Michael a bit. I didn't check the label of that particular plant before picking the lovely green pepper which was calling my name. When mature, it was supposed to be red....oops. I got to enjoy it since it never fully ripened, and Michael was no longer interested in it.
Next year we plan to build at least one more raised bed like this one which Michael and Wesley built for me. As mentioned above, we will definately be giving the tomatoes their own bed, perhaps with corn getting it's own private 'suite', and lots more peas being planted.