Saturday, July 16, 2011
This spring I actually got to try it. Selena and I built six garden beds from fence planks and put them in our front yard, as we do not get much sun in our backyard. I bought expensive vegetable garden dirt recommended by Seattle Tilth. I bought seeds from Territorial Seed Company per the recommendation of Steve Solomon because the test grounds are in the same climate as mine. I stuck the seeds in the ground and low and behold I got a ton of food growing.
The things that worked great for me were:
- Oregon and Cascade Snap peas
- Cilantro aka Coriander. I can grow this stuff anywhere and plant it at almost any time.
- Miner's Lettuce
- Edible Chrysanthemum
Things that were okay or I have yet to find out
- Green onions. I got about a quarter to half of the seeds I planted to grow.
- Gold summer squash aka yellow zucchini. I've got 5 teeny zucchini's growing so I think this one will be good.
- Leeks. Almost all the leeks sprouted, but they take a long time to mature so we'll see how they end up
- Strawberries. Most of the plants I bought were just roots and weren't expected to produce any or many berries this year. I did buy two mature plants, but even those have only produced a few. Next year we'll see if we can get a decent crop.
Things that didn't work
- Garlic chives. I got a couple to sprout, but then they shriveled and died.
- Dill. I've had luck with this in pots in the past, but this year I haven't got anything to even sprout.
- Cantaloupe. I know this one was a gamble, but I decided to give it a go. After a pathetic start the plant is starting to look a bit healthier. But compared to the zucchini that I planted at the same time it is pretty pitiful.
- Mini Peppers. This one too was a gamble, but I was hoping that the fact that they were mini might help them out. I got a few seeds to sprout inside and got two plants to get a few inches high. I transplanted them to a self-watering container outside. One is getting taller but has yellow leaves and no buds. The other one actually had a little pepper growing despite only being 6 inches tall, but then Allie ripped it to shreds. :(
- Cherry Tomatoes. I tried to get these to grow from seed and I could only get a couple to sprout and then they died when just a couple inches tall. I still may try to buy a mature plant and see what happens.