Red & yellow peppers plus cucumber planted in old, inherited wooden containers.

Red & yellow peppers plus cucumber planted in old, inherited wooden containers.

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!)

 Cherry and coeur de boeuf tomatoes

Cherry and coeur de boeuf tomatoes

 Several types of lettuce, spinach, and some assorted herbs (thyme, sage, chives, & rosemary)

Several types of lettuce, spinach, and some assorted herbs (thyme, sage, chives, & rosemary)

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…

 Green beans

Green beans

 Celery and zucchini

Celery and zucchini

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