This Year’s Garden

Last year we used John Jeavon’s book called “How to Grow More Vegetables” to start a small vegetable garden.  This year we have the original double dug bed,  and  added several raised beds.  We also decided to purchase plants this year, as we just don’t have the space for starting seeds. We read in the Jeavon’s book that seed starting is just not a beginner skill. We hope to build some green house space in the future.  We are growing head lettuce, radishes, broccoli, beats, onions, three types of potatoes, cucumbers,  red cabbage, tomatoes,  green peppers,  zucchini, and a pumpkin,   in the Jeavon’s plot. In the raised beds we have some extra cabage,  cucumbers, a few strawberries, and some swiss chard. None of the strawberries came up from the box I bought at Sams Club, but the Rhubarb did!  The blackberries are blooming, and the eldest blueberry bush is full of unripe berries. The raspberries are blooming too.  Here are some pictures from about two weeks ago.   Last week I thinned out my apples, and the ones left have grown so much faster and bigger!

Raised Beds

Raised Beds

Jeavon's Garden Plot

Jeavon's Garden Plot


3 responses to this post.

  1. Those potatoes and onion’s in the double dug plot are looking good!!! And don’t let “How to Grow More Vegetables” discourage you from trying to start your own plants… The only way to learn is to do it… a makeshift coldframe made of cull lumber (2 by 12’s for the frame) and old window frames work great for getting your tomatoes, peppers, herbs, lettuce/greens, etc. started… I started over 300 tomato seedlings 2′ by 18′ cold frame. I start them inside in dixie cups (sprinkle about 10 – 15/cup) then prick them out and put them in their own cells when they have their first true leaves. Then they spend the rest of the early spring in the cold frame. This method has worked for all the seedlings we’re putting out this spring….


    • We have been collecting old windows to make cold frames, and we have some salvageable lumber left over from taking apart the deck. Next year we hope to have the space for starting our own seeds. Let me ask you this, how do you keep your radishes from “exploding”? I pulled mine up this week and they were badly split…. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog!


      • We haven’t had a lot of success with radishes… I planted some about a month ago, just after a rain and didn’t water them, figuring there was enough moisture in the soil… Only a few came up so I tilled them under and decided we needed that bed more for maters than for radishes…. in the past, uneven moisture has been the problem when our radishes split. If you have a heavy rain, then very little (even if you irrigate), then heavy rain again… radishes (and most root veggies) don’t like these wild fluctuations, and of course we have such extreme weather variations in the spring …that would be my guess

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