When we moved into the countryside, my number one goal was to have my own vegetable garden. I had a very idyllic view of living in the country – gardening, raising some chickens, and generally a lot of things that take quite some knowledge and time commitment! But having absolutely no experience growing anything, I had pretty much no idea where to start! Walking around our village I would see homes with massive gardens, greenhouses, and practically professional endeavours, and I very quickly became overwhelmed about it all.
Last year I eased into everything and grew a few things (herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini) in pots. I didn’t get a huge harvest, but I felt pretty good about the few things I was able to eat out of my own garden. (I probably got 2 zucchini and maybe two dozen cherry tomatoes top, haha!)
I started this year with the big aspirations of digging up a patch of land for my garden, but with a lot of travel on our agenda this spring plus life in general, I pretty quickly abandoned that plan. So its back to growing in pots again this year, although I have vastly expanded my arsenal of veggies!
To be honest, I have no idea if this is going to be successful. I am pretty sure some of the plants I have chosen probably won’t thrive in containers, or are planted too close to one-another, or at least won’t provide a very big yield. Since the travelling meant I missed the planting season, I bought all my plants already started, so at least I have a leg-up there!
I’m trying not to get my expectations to high, but if I can have even just a couple meals with veggies I have grown myself, then I will consider this a successful year! And maybe I’ll finally take the step towards a full-fledge vegetable patch next year…