This year, we are planting a small raised bed and container garden in our backyard. Having a garden a couple of steps outside of our kitchen, we’ll be able to enjoy and appreciate fresh, pesticide-free produce. Admittedly, I don’t know what I’m totally doing. I’m still doing some research. I’ve grown tomatoes, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, and green onions in containers before, but I have never thought to test the PH of the soil or use any kind of spiffy technique.
We also share our backyard and our landlord prefers that we keep all of our belongings out of the grass and as close to our homes as possible. So, I’m working with limited space and hopes that the neighboring kids and critters stay out of our crops. I’ve been looking at some mini greenhouses. We got off to a late start, so we’ll be germinating some seeds indoors and purchasing plants that have already been started. We’re going to compost (with plenty of scraps in the fridge waiting) and collect rain in a rain barrel. We’re going all out this year because it’s time we honor our planet and our temples.
We’re planning on planting the following crops:
Lettuce (Arugala, Romaine, Endive, Radiccio)
Blueberries (Still deciding on variety)
Corn (Still deciding on variety)
I’m still figuring out how I’m going to arrange everything so that all of the crops thrive in our little garden.
Are you gardening this year? What are you growing? What techniques are you implementing?
Are you doing anything to commemorate Earth Day?
I’ve volunteered as an B Kind 2 Earth Day State Leader with Nickelodeon, the National Wildlife Federation, and TheMotherhood. Visit the B Kind 2 Earth Day Facebook page, and give it a like! Our goal is to get 75 people in each state to like and promise to do at least one good deed on Earth Day to help preserve Mother Earth!
Photos are from her BIG garden last year.