My Vegetable Garden – Update 2

As many of you may recall, my wife and I planned our vegetable garden to save money on food. You may even have read my first update when we transplanted our small plants to the dangerous, risky outdoors. In case you don’t recall (or don’t want to go back and read it), it didn’t go well. We were very discouraged and almost threw in the towel for the entire year. We knew we could always buy starter plants, but didn’t want to give up. We learned our lesson and found important tips for transplanting plants – make sure to read them if you want to start your own garden from seeds.

Operation Vegetable Garden – Take 2

Instead of giving up on our “well-planned-out” garden, we decided to give it another shot. This time, with the advice of a professional (our friend who worked on a farm for over a year), we waited until after the last possible freeze date. Apparently, each region has a date that marks the last possible day that the weather could get down to freezing. Don’t ask me how this date is calculated, but our friend told us that it was the middle of May for our area.

The first thing we did was to plant new bean plants outside, without starting them indoors. Things were going well. It took them a little longer to grow than anticipated because we rushed into planting them (okay, so we didn’t wait for the freeze date for the beans), but they came up without too much trouble. The only problem is that we didn’t anticipate having to fight off the local critters. A bunny decided that it like the taste of our bean plants and chomped off all but one. GRRrrr! Talk about being ready to throw in the towel!

I was determined to not let this get me down. I am not going to lose my garden – again! This, however, meant that we were going to need more protection. We already needed to buy starter plants for the other plants that died, so off to home depot. A few plants and fencing later, we were headed home to set up our garden. Below are some pictures:

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Our Growing Beans with Fencing

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Green pepper (front), Tomatoes (L & R), and Cucumber (back)

As you can see, our vegetable garden is finally growing. Just the other day, I realized that we have a few tomatoes growing on one of our plants. Talk about success! I plan on keeping close count on the number of fruit we are able to produce with our small garden. Just as reminder, we are currently renting and this is the reason why we are planting in pots. For those of you who don’t own your own home yet, you might want to consider this opportunity. Lastly, I am re-discovering how much fun it is to water the plants each day. There is just something about taking pride in growing something with your own hard work and determination.

That’s the update for now.I can’t wait to share the financial savings from our garden, once we start harvesting. Stay tuned for more updates.

Readers, do you have a vegetable garden this year? What are you growing?

9 Responses to My Vegetable Garden – Update 2

  1. Forest says:

    I’m glad for the update and happy stuff is starting to bear fruit finally! I’ve been growing mostly salad greens because I just rent a room in a house but it is still worth my while.

    • Corey says:

      Nice – we thought about doing lettuce, but thought it wouldn’t be worth the space. Maybe next year.

  2. Great job! My vegetable garden is in terrible shape this year. Our mints are doing very badly, there must be some kind of pests or something. My chili plants are doing well, but are a bit behind. I started them too late and we probably wont’ get much yield this year. 🙁

    • Corey says:

      Thanks – I hope yours improves sometime. Yes, before a couple weeks ago, I was afraid it was going to be a bust for the whole year.

  3. Congrats! That’s so admirable. I am glad you didn’t give up. Now, you are making good progress. Maybe if I read enough articles like this, I will finally take the plunge myself.

    • Corey says:

      I hope you do. I have a lot more to learn about gardening and would love to read others’ updates.

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh those bunnies! Our garden isn’t producing much this year. I wonder if it’s the crazy heat. It’s definitely not saving us much money. I wish we had a friend with a farm! I also have no clue if we got our planted after the freeze date. We planted our garden in April. St. Louis is notorious for the on-again-off-again warm weather in the Spring.

    • Corey says:

      Bummer! I think we have fended off the bunnies (for now). Yeah, it would be nice to have access to lots of land. Maybe someday. Good luck getting something to bear fruit.

  5. MoneyReasons says:

    Looks great! Someday I keep telling myself that I’ll do the same and have a garden in my backyard… Some day, some day…