We've had a terrible time with gardens while living here. I don't know if the soil is that bad or if it's just us. We've grown some really nice gardens in years gone by so I don't think we're totally incapable but since we've lived here it's been hit and miss with everything. A few years back I staked out a little area next to the garage that I thought would be perfect for some grapes. I've struggled with them ever since so this spring I dug them all up. While trying to decide what to do that that spot I thought of corn, which I love and haven't grown any for at least twenty years. And since we got only one pitiful little zucchini last year I though I'd try a Three Sister Garden in my newly reclaimed garden patch. A Three Sister Garden is where you plant corn, beans and squash all together so that they can benefit each other. So here is my first attempt at a TSG and it looks like I'm going get some corn. Yay!
We've been swimming in zucchini and cucumbers (Yea, I threw a hill of those in too cause last year we didn't get a single one). From the websites I read, it seems like you're supposed to plant just winter squash but I also planted zucchini and yellow. We've just started getting some yellow the last couple of days. The corn is coming along very nicely too.
Last year Hubby purchased some plain blocks to make our original little garden patch into raised beds. It seems to be doing better this year than last. Maybe because I didn't try to cram so much into it.
We're trying some new things this year too like this Itailian Grilling Pepper. They're humongous and very tasty.
For the last few years I've had a tiny strawberry patch but we only get a handful each year. Not because there are no berries, there are loads of them. The reason we don't don't get any is because we have lots of these.....
Despite the fact that I have tried to entice them to stay around the front of the house by maintaining luxury living quarters like this.......
and building them a virtual playground like this........
they still ate all the strawberries.
So I removed the strawberries and planted leeks.
So far so good.