Vegetable Growing is something that I would still consider myself a novice at. I have had a small bed or two with vegetables in them for 5 or 6 years. I think I am lucky that I get a harvest at all! I am much better at growing flowers!
This year, I really want that to change. I want to have a garden that is big enough for Big and I to eat from and I want there to be enough food to share at a food bank. I stopped by Ampleharvest.org and found out there are 7 food banks in my city that will accept fresh produce.
Winter is still here, as evidenced by the snow falling outside right now, but it is not too early to begin to think about growing veggies. I have my seed catalogs out and have been reading through them and planning what I will be growing in the spring and summer. I will be starting seeds indoors in egg shells. It is an easy and cost effective way to start seeds
Last year, Big and I created a couple square foot garden beds. They were each 4 X 4 foot and I was happy and surprised with the amount of veggies we were able to grow in them. One of the beds held 6 heirloom tomato plants and 4 jalapeño plans. I like to call that my Salsa Garden!
Two years ago, Big and I got our tools together and build a Potato Tower. It was pretty easy to put together and we didn’t spend a lot of money on the supplies. I was really excited to grow our own potatoes. I must admit that the first year, the crop was not big. We had a good amount of baby potatoes and although I was happy with that, I wanted more. The second year we used the potato tower, we had more potatoes. I think the trick was to keep the tower moist.
I was searching the internet and found this great graphic. It was made by a gentleman who lives in England and has a page called Anglian Home. So, if you are in the US, you may want to check your planting dates. All of the other information is very helpful. You can easily check your planting dates by gown to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (here).