Sadly, I have discovered that a groundhog loves cucumber leaves as much as I love cucumbers!
He (or she) has left the tomatoes and zucchini alone, but ate 3 whole plants!
New this year, I am actually growing a few herbs in my kitchen. Great for rainy days. ... and hopefully I will be able to continue all winter! Right now I have bush basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme inside. If all goes well, maybe I will bring in a few more herbs in the fall.
(I had parsley in the house, but it was taking over the pot, so I moved it outside.)
Been getting out to plant my garden the past couple days. Just a bit here and there instead of a marathon planting session like I usually do ever year, then I pay the price for almost a week because my back and legs are too sore. Plus it has been rainy and windy the past couple days so I go out as long as I can. I am a bit behind on planting this year.
I have been gardening for the past 10 years, as long as we lived in this house. I have 12 raised beds that are 4x8 ft, 1 bed that is 2x2 ft and 2 beds that are 4x4 ft. They are only 6 or 8 inches deep, but the ground under them is dug deep. I have had the beds that past 2-3 years before that I planted in the ground and had most of the garden area dug down 1 shovel depth.
I'm running behind in my planting this year, so I'm going to cheat and get some already-started herb plants this weekend. I especially like to grow cilantro because it goes bad so quickly after I buy it. Fresh parsley and basil are great in so many summer bean salads that even if I buy the plants, I'll save more by growing it. Thyme keeps growing well into the fall here (Michigan) so I can keep using it for roasted chicken and baked squash through November.
I also have a plot in a community garden and someone next to us had sugar snap peas --they were sooo delicious!! Good snacking items for the calorie conscious. I'm going out to the nursery today to find me some to plant!! Good luck!
I've got 2 different types of tomatoes started, as well as some peppers. Need to get some cuccumbers started soon. A bit tough - we rent and cant put a garden in, so we're out to do what we can in large planters and window boxes.
As for freezing - carrots is another one to try. Beets can also be frozen, as well as several other root veggies.
"Go, confront the problem. Fight! Win!" - Edna Mole "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato
Last summer I tried to have a garden but was not very successful. I have already started for this year and am hoping to do much better so I can save money on food. I already have peas, broccoli, green peppers, hot peppers, and tomatoes. What are some other veggies I could grow that if they do well I could freeze?
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