T-minus two days until my 2014 garden is going in the ground. This will be my 3rd annual vegetable garden, and I have learned something new each year I’ve been at this. I’m hoping with my “vast” *cough* knowledge, this year’s garden will be the best yet.
For 2014 I’m planning to grow cucumbers, kale, jalapeños, tomatoes, zucchini, crookneck squash, eggplant, lettuce, carrots, green beans, peas, and possibly broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and watercress in addition to my year round basil, parsley, mint, and chives. Above you can see the plan I mapped out as to how it’s all going to go down. Keeping in mind the drainage issues I had with last years garden, I think I have a pretty good handle on it, however, I’m always open to advice. My main concerns are as follows.
1. I have never successfully been able to grow a cucumber. They start to grow and then turn yellow and fall off. I have moved them in this year’s garden plan to a more wet soil location, but I’m not sure if that’s going to cut it entirely. I’ll happily accept any and all cuke growing tips.
2. Last year I had a major pest problem. Nasturtiums for sure attracted all the aphids, but I had them planted in the beds alongside the veggies last year, so the veggies inevitably were eaten by aphids as well. This year I’ve moved the nasturtiums to a separate container that I’ll move away from the beds, so hopefully the aphids will just eat them and not my crops. I am also accepting advice on how to prevent/banish powdery mildew on squash leaves. I’m getting a watering hose system this year so I won’t be watering from above with a regular hose, but if there is any other words of wisdom I need to know to prevent this, by all means, leave a comment below.
3. New to the garden this year are carrots, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watercress and lettuce. I have never grown any of these things before in my life, so if you have any best practices information that will help me succeed I will take it.
Gardening experts help me! I really want to be able to eat fresh produce all summer and fall long. Please speak up if you see any glaring errors in my plan, or if you have any great tips for veggie growing success.
Happy first day of Spring!