For the past two years Nate has allowed (and helped) me to garden a portion of his backyard. Last year was quite a trial with all the heat and no rain, but we still managed to produce cucumbers, okra, some tomatoes right at the end, basil, mint, and a bunch of peppers.
You can see this year’s garden pictured above and my layout plan (from this awesome site Smart Gardener) pictured below. If you’re trying to match up the picture with the plan; in the picture you’re looking S and in the plan the top is W. I cut the watermelon and corn out of the picture so the stringy plant up front is the garlic.
This year we’ve expanded our operation and are trying to grow: cucumbers, strawberries, potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, basil, chives, dill, mint, corn, and watermelon. Some things are coming along great, and others not so well.
While I’m definitely not the most credible source for all your gardening needs these are my tips for getting started.
You don’t need to have a fancy raised bed to garden, but if you do I hear they’re awesome. We went the cheap route though by marking off a section of Nate’s yard and digging it up with shovels.
Veggies that can fairly easily be grown from seed: cucumber, okra, zucchini, yellow squash, peas, beans
Veggies I go ahead and buy in plant form: tomatoes, peppers (I really just do this because that’s what my dad did, but I think he probably did it because the plants take quite a while to grow. So if you have a shorter growing season (like we did in Kansas) or just want veggies faster it’s nice to have a head start.)
If you want to grow herbs three that I have been successful with are mint, basil, and chives. All of these grow like weeds (or are weeds), so they’re pretty hard to mess up.