First time gardening: raised beds

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In an effort to reduce the cost of produce (and so I can learn to can more things), we started a garden for the first time ever this year.

We haven’t had our own fenced-in backyard until now. The opportunity to garden is of the many wonders of living in a house and not an apartment complex. One of the first things we did included building two 4’x7′ raised beds.

One bed is full of peppers:  1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 fajita (smaller and a mild spice), 6 green, 2 jalapeno and 9 banana peppers. This picture shows everything about a month after being planted. The jalapenos each have one little jalapeno growing on them, about 1.5″ long right now. I tried taking photos of them by my camera wasn’t havin’ it.

Pepper plant box

Pepper plant box

 

The other box consists of: 15 tomato plants (no I am not joking), 4 boston pickling cucumbers, and 2 tomatillo plants. Since taking this picture we put in more cages for the tomatos. They are flowering but not growing fruit yet.

Tomato bushes

Tomato bushes

 

The cucumbers are cute! I love how they wrap their vines around each other. I’m expecting 12-16 cucumbers from these four plants. Might have to make more beer pickles.

Boston Pickling Cucumbers

Boston Pickling Cucumbers

All of this should bring on lots of canning experiments. John’s aunt is giftig us her pressure canner (YAY!) so I can tackle more of the low-acid foods like corn relishes, tomato salsas and pickled beans. MMM.

UPDATE: Since uploading these photos, I took more today (6/22/12)so you could see growth:

Baby jalapenos!

Baby jalapenos!

 

Boston Pickling Cucumbers

Boston Pickling Cucumbers

Tomato plants

Tomato plants

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/wingler Wade Wingler

    Nice! We did something similar, but created our “salsa garden”. It’s full of tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions, and cilantro. We hope to harvest all those things, chop them up, and enjoy some fresh salsa later this summer!

    • solidgoldeats

      Great use of space. You could make a good marinara out of that too!

  • Joel (wellpreserved)

    Love it!!! We grew a giant amount of peppers too – disproportionate from everything but tomatoes. :)

    • solidgoldeats

      I’m a little nervous to see how much they yield. Would love to grill some bell peppers at the end of summer!