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I expanded my vegetable garden this year, adding two 3.5’x3.5’ raised beds to the 5’x5’ raised bed I started with in 2013.
I planted a couple of cool-season crops in early May – lettuce and radishes – and the rest of the garden (plants and seeds) in late May. By early June, I was harvesting lettuce leaves and radishes, and shortly thereafter my strawberry plants began producing.
After a couple of sparse weeks in mid-July, I began harvesting beans, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes near the end of the month – this continued throughout August and most of September. I also planted a few containers of cool crops – radishes and lettuce again – for September harvest.
Over the last couple of years with my vegetable gardens, I have kept track of how much physical produce I have collected. While numbers are good, most produce in the store is purchased by weight, so I will be getting a kitchen scale for next year’s haul.
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed, and I was able to get two plantings of it, harvesting in June and September. I also planted beans at two- to three-week intervals, extending their season into September. Beans were much easier to count than lettuce leaves, and I ended up harvesting 235 beans and not using the entire package of seeds.
Most of my vegetables were planted as seeds, but I did purchase one pepper plant, one cherry tomato plant and two full-size tomato plants. I was pleased with the pepper production, harvesting eight peppers from one $1.50 plant. The cherry tomato plant produced impressive numbers – 324 tomatoes – similar to 2013’s yield.
I was somewhat disappointed with the radishes early on, as they didn’t seem to grow as large as the seed package stated they would get – those were planted in the garden. For the late season planting, I planted the seeds in containers and was much happier with the results.
I was impressed enough by this year’s harvest that I will be expanding the garden again in 2015.
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