At first I just wrote finally finally finally, but with all the fuss I make about not having a kid, I thought that would send the wrong impression for what this post is. THIS IS A GARDENING POST! While we had to leave our community garden behind in Richmond and we're renting instead of living on land we own, Patrick and I aren't letting that get in the way of our food-growing efforts. We're just doing it container-garden style instead. So far we have Brussels sprouts, Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, two different lettuces, cucumbers, snow peas, chard, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, peppers, lavender, thyme, basil, mint, savory, and oregano.
What we learned from last year's raised bed:
1. Corn is not really worth the effort unless you're growing a LOT of it, since otherwise you end up putting in a ton of effort for, say, four stalks, which basically amounts to one dinner, if they all survive the summer (which ours did not). Doing so in a container garden also seemed like a lot more effort than it's probably worth. Skipping corn this year entirely.
2. Go with smaller tomatoes unless you have plans to eat or give away SO MANY huge tomatoes. Also, the smaller tomatoes I grow always inevitably are less attacked by insects, and taste better to me. So this year, no big boys or mortgage lifters or anything big and juicy-looking.
3. Give the climbing beans room! We ended up with MASSIVE climbing beans that kept running out of room in our single raised bed.
4. Every time we try to grow from seed, we fail miserably (infertility joke? If nothing we are consistent in our shortcomings!). We'll get bright little shoots, and then we'll open a door too long or something, and they all die. Or, they'll die in the transition out from the nest, making us bad seedling parents who couldn't raise their young ones to survive on their own. We bypassed seeds entirely this year and are feeling like more successful growers already.
Because I'm a librarian, I can't help but link to some resources we've found particularly great: