This is our third season with our vegetable garden. The first year we grew tomatoes…a lot of tomatoes along with a few cucumbers and basil plants. We had 44 tomato plants! With the huge number of plants and a very warm and sunny summer we had a fabulous harvest! We made salsa and tomato sauce, ate a lot of tomatoes and gave a far share away.
The second year, we scaled back our tomato plantings and added basil, cucumbers, broccoli, sweet corn, and bell peppers. The lack luster summer weather and problems with pests significantly reduced our harvest from the previous year.
This year, we’ve expanded the garden both in size and scale. We added a raised bed along our driveway and continued the backyard vegetable garden all the way to the back fence. At the end of May, we planted tomatoes (9 different varieties), basil, bell peppers, carrots, jalapeno peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, pickling cucumbers, bush beans, zucchini, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and lettuce (2 varieties).
We’ve had a few problems with pests already this year, both of the insects and four-footed kind (darn rabbits!), but the weather so far has been great so we’re hopeful for a bumper crop this year! We plan on canning tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salsa, pickles (bread and butter as well as zucchini), BBQ sauce and maybe some tomato ketchup and tomato paste, but that’s another post!
What about you, do you have a vegetable garden? What are you growing this year?