It’s been almost three years since we had a (big for us) vegetable garden in our backyard. The spring and summer that I was pregnant with Landen, we planted cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, and several other things and enjoyed the fruits of our labor for months!
Since we moved into our current house, whose backyard is approximately the same size as one U.S. postage stamp, I’d thought I had to give up on any real gardening efforts.
And for two summers, I regretted succumbing to the notion that I could not have a successful garden if I didn’t have enough space.
Not this summer! No, we didn’t move, but yes, we are having a garden. I’m still figuring out where to put everything, especially since most of our backyard is taken up by the ginormous Springfree trampoline we got last summer.
One way I am accomplishing our Suburban Backyard Garden is by using containers. The two green pots contain Rosemary and Basil. The big black barrel is potatoes.
The boys and I went to Walmart and bought a huge garbage can for a few bucks, drilled holes in the bottom for drainage, and planted our potatoes. After over a week, we can see they’re taking off!
We started our seeds indoors to get them growing before the last freeze. We planted marigolds (good for keeping pests away from vegetable plants), squash, zucchini, cucumbers, Swiss chard, and carrots.
They are just about ready to transfer to our raised beds that we’re building this weekend to put on our concrete back porch and one or two more areas in the backyard.
We’re planning to add pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, and peppers as soon as we can figure out where to put them all. We learned in previous years that just two thriving tomato plants can produce enough tomatoes to keep well-stocked in lycopene for quite a while, especially if you do a bit of canning. And cucumber plants will keep your pantry full of homemade pickles, too!