21.1.12

Garden 2012 in Central Nova Scotia

It's on my mind. I love gardening. This year will be a bit different. Our backyard is very small (we are on the  first floor of our apartment building so it's not really a yard...) but it's my oasis in the summer. Over the last couple of months there had been flooding in other apartments, and eventually ours. As a result they cut down about a dozen trees, and dug up any grass behind the building to put in a new drainage solution. I have my fingers crossed that they are planning to at least lay sod in the spring because right now it's just... depressing.

However, my patio is concrete so that didn't get torn up :)

Last year we had:
  • tomatoes 
  • potatoes 
  • carrots 
  • bell pepper
  • onions 
  • herbs
  • numerous flowers, and I think that's it.
This year I want:
  • potatoes - we had a huge success growing potatoes in containers
  • carrots - we had another huge success growing carrots in containers
  • spinach
  • brussels sprouts
  • radish
  • cucumber
  • beets
  • herbs - this year I'll get it right, compact planting, not sprawling huge all over the place
  • sunflowers -they grew from our bird feeder seeds! Since we are ground level these are great for adding privacy
  • flowers - lots! but less than last year - more veggies!!
and if possible I kinda want:
  • broccoli
  • spaghetti squash
  • asparagus not recommended for containers
  • strawberries or raspberries

I'm not doing tomatoes again until I can plant in the ground. I don't know why the plant that most people find easy, I find impossible. Well I can get it to grow like a weed, but the actual tomatoes are not edible. I think I wind up giving them not enough water, or too much water. Either way they just end up being a headache.
We had great success with the carrots and potatoes. I bought 19 gallon pots from Superstore, drilled holes in the bottoms and they worked perfectly. I had a hard time leaving the carrots in the ground :) I think I will have 2 pots of carrots this year and 1 pot of potatoes. I planted 3 seed potatoes and had baby potatoes all summer! I looooove baby potatoes. the only time I buy large potatoes is when I make microwave potato chips. I hope to find and have success with strawberries this year. I would prefer raspberries but I don't think we have the room - but I will look into it ;)

I've got my Pinterest board I want to Grow These in full swing with lots of great ideas from all over the place.

My Initial Plan:
I put about 20 minutes into this so I'm sure it will be revised before spring.


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