I am your average home-gardening enthusiast. When I was growing up in Portland, Oregon our house had a small garden in the backyard. We had a friend who knew a lot about gardening and he helped us till the soil and prepare our vegetable beds. He taught my mom about companion planting and planting with the phase of the moon. I must confess that I didn’t pay that much attention to any of it back then.
Fast forward a few decades and here I am, in Zone 9b, with a few fruit trees in the backyard and a few tomato plants in containers. I also have a couple of vegetable beds in the front yard where I grew corn and lettuce last summer. We don’t have enough sunny areas around the house to have a vegetable bed so I rented a couple of plots from the city’s Community Garden. The plots are 15 ft x 15 ft and I was lucky enough to get two that are next to each other. I got the plots last fall but was too busy to get them going. This spring I vowed to start anew.
Oh, I almost forgot. I also have a smaller plot at a different community garden. That one is only 10 ft x 10 ft. I’ve had that one for a year now. It is also a raised-bed plot but I didn’t use the layering method. I just used a garden “soil” mix.
I was able to grow and harvest some corn, Swiss chard, green bean, cabbage, snow pea, mini pumpkin, okra, and yellow squash. Pretty cool for a little plot, huh?
I will chronicle my progress and congress here. It’s my way of sharing the fruits/veggies of my labor.