Recently, I put in my summer garden. This year, if a plant can be sucessfully planted in a pot, its going in one. Accept for my tomatoes. I’ve heard of them doing ok in pots but I’ve only had luck in the ground. I’m still very much still new to the gardening business, and not even close to my goal of being as good as my grandmother, but still, try, try again.

I don’t have a large piece of property in order to grow everything I would ideally want to, so for the time being I am growing the things that I would use. With the exception of a few flowers for filler and color. So mostly veggies. As that will also get me practice when I do get that big piece of property.

This Years Garden:

  • Tomatoes
  • Zuchinni
  • Cucumbers
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Onion
  • Potatoes

I needed to think of the foods that my family would be most likely to eat. This way, not only will I be working harder to make sure they produce, but I wouldn’t be wasting my time by growing things my family wouldn’t eat. Oh sure, I could just sell it but then would it really be worth it? Maybe to some, but I want to get good at growing things my family enjoys. Get the very basics of gardening down pat by doing that, and then once you have that down, grow that plus more. Just makes much more since to me in the long run.

So now with my (hopefully) improved soil, I am keeping my fingers crossed for better results this year. I appear to be spending much more time outside this year too. So hopefully I will be able to keep a better eye on when they start to burn or when they need more nutrients. I even purchased ladybugs (yes, purchased) in hopes that they will help keep any aphids away. One less pest I have to worry about!

Are you planting a summer garden this year? What are you planting? Any advice for a newbie gardener?