We’re turning part of our lawn into a vegetable garden.
Blessed with a large, relatively flat backyard (and there’s no front yard to speak of; it’s mostly trees and very shaded) we decided to utilize some of the land for growing tomatoes, peppers, squash and melons this year. The area used as a garden by the previous inhabitants is actually one of the most shaded areas, and we’ve already turned it into our chicken run and, more recently, pigpen.
We’re definitely starting simply on the gardening front. A dozen heirloom tomato plants, a few peppers, several squash and six cantaloupe plants round out our selection of productive plants.
My husband, John, dug holes in the lawn, we removed the sod, and mixed the existing soil with a large shovelful of the rich, pig- and chicken-manure-enriched dirt from the animal pen before planting the seedlings.
If we have enough tomatoes, I’ll use this spaghetti sauce canning recipe to preserve some for the winter months ahead.
How does your garden grow?