We planted a vegetable garden for the first time this year. It’s fairly small because I wasn’t sure how it would do, or how much we’d be able to keep up with. Honestly, I had my doubts about the seeds ever sprouting. I don’t exactly have a green thumb.
My husband’s grandmother definitely does have a green thumb, so she has helped a lot with the vegetable garden. Were it not for her help I don’t think anything would have made it, but with her help we’ve been fairly successful.
We planted bell peppers, banana peppers, lettuce, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes: cherry, Roma, and heirloom. The lettuce started off great, but didn’t really do much. We basically ended up with enough for a small salad. The squash has been doing fairly well, but even the small ones are full of really big seeds. I think I will try a different kind next year. The zucchini has been slower. I’m not sure why because it was planted at the same times as the squash, and is right next to it. We’ve picked a few squash, and we now, finally, have one little zucchini. The banana peppers have done well; we’ve picked about eight of them. The bell peppers are just coming in now. We’ve picked one full size bell pepper, and there are lots of baby peppers on the plants. The tomatoes are thriving! They’re all doing well, but the cherry tomatoes are almost taking over. We’ve been making lots of tomato dishes and have been giving tomatoes away as well. They’re so good, and it seems like more are ripening every day right now.
I’m so proud of our modest gardening success. I’ve never grown actual food before. I planted an herb garden last year, and that was enough to make me want to try vegetables this year. It’s just a great feeling to grow your own food. I definitely want to plant a vegetable garden again next year, and I think it’s going to be a little bigger than this year’s.