Backyard Gardener Gone Beserk

We planted our garden about, maybe, a month late.   The weather in STL has been a roller coaster.  And now here’s this post, about a month later . . .  yeah.  Here’s a before shot — not much going on.  The fencing was up from last year and it will stay for this season but after that it is G.O.N.E.

I used that bin in the corner for compost.  So that gets mixed into the soil before planting.  Pretty nasty but great for the plants.

I usually try to start a few things from seed.  JT’s uncle had given us some green bean seeds from his garden a few years ago so I started those earlier indoors.  I think he’s ready to go outdoors now though . . . .

I can see where the story of Jack and the Beanstalk came from.  Those things grow like little mothers.

So one case of heat stroke later, we got the whole thing installed.
We only used about 2/3 of the garden for produce this year.  Last year we bit off more than we could chew and it got real weedy.   The neighbors gave us some extra flowers they had bought and didn’t have space for so we planted them in the back 1/3.  Most of them didn’t make it.  We are kind of bad neighbors.
In past years we’ve had the tomatoes at the back, along the alley where the neighbor’s flowers are now.  I’m pretty sure some of the good for nothings that wander the alley during the day because they don’t have jobs were eating said tomatoes so we decided to move everything inboard.  Not that it will stop all the neighborhood murder birds, squirrels or rabbits, but hey, we had to try. 

Here’s the breakdown:

3 Roma Tomatoes
3 Big Boy Tomatoes
1 Zucchini
1-2 Cucumber (we’ll see what survives)
2-4 Green Bean stalks (2 planted, 2 more on their way)
1 Green Pepper
3 Jalapeno Peppers
1 Black Raspberry
1 Strawberry

Mint (from the farmer’s market and a co-worker)

Shenanigan is frustrated that the garden fence keeps him out as he would prefer to help in the garden.  What a weird dog.

But he is pretty freakin’ cute.  That was him saying hi after I came in from my heat stroke gardening. 

I’m interested to see if all this work and money spent in plants will yield any measurable savings vs. buying at the grocery store.  I might try to keep track of it al.  That sounds like a lot of work though, so maybe not . . .

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