A few years ago a company named Ecoscraps reached out to us and asked us to plant a vegetable garden with their products. We knew NOTHING about a vegetable garden but, it seemed like a great idea. My husband and son built a raised bed and we planted a few things. The tomatoes are all that really worked for us. But, we were thrilled. Ecoscraps has a full line of products, by the way. They recycle food waste nationwide and re-purpose it into organic, natural and sustainable garden soils and plant food. You can read more about our first gardening venture here.
Last year, I took the garden over and planted things in the spring and fall and added on more gardening space around the raised bed. Things didn’t go very well – from squash bugs and spider mites, to grasshoppers and snails, to too much rain and not enough rain… and the weeds… oh, the weeds. My back couldn’t handle it all!
My oldest son texted me a picture of a friend’s raised garden beds one day… they looked like something out of a magazine, mine looked like…. a child’s sandbox with broken toys. I actually cried when I saw it, because I was so frustrated with mine.
Then my daughter started seeing ideas online and sharing them with me, and they seemed doable and seemed to solve my problems. So, this year I am trying these ideas to see which works best for our purposes.
I have bought a few planters for the front porch, I planted herbs there so, Hubby (who does all of the cooking) could just step out on the porch and pick just what he wanted to use for each meal. We are loving that.
I have some very strange looking setups elsewhere in the yard – my neighbors laugh each time they see a new experiment I have set up! lol But, you would be jealous of them – I swear to you – they throw anything they want in their yard anywhere and it grows… they don’t weed, they don’t feed… nothing! It’s incredibly annoying…. lol
I will be sharing all of my “experiments” with y’all in hopes it encourages someone else to give it a go. It’s certainly relaxing and helps me clear my head on stressful days. The fresh air and sunshine I get from checking on them 3-4 times a day (that may be overkill, but, I enjoy it) is healthy, too!
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