My Backyard Garden in 2020
My backyard garden in 2020 has caught me by surprise. I live in the South, in Zone 7, to be exact. In my previous attempts to grow veggies in the backyard, I never felt like I succeeded or even achieved what I wanted. What do gardeners want? A good harvest, healthy plants, and some solid structure in the garden. All done on a preferably tight budget. Right? Well, it’s been a long trip to me!
I’ll never forget the first year that I grew some squash and tomatoes in my backyard. That was maybe ten years ago. We had a pretty nice lawn in our backyard that my husband was happy to have. He trimmed it, mowed it and kept it green. One day I got a gardening itch and dug my first garden beds. Just two. One for squash, and another one for tomatoes. When he got home that night and saw the new garden beds, he sighed and asked me to please leave “his” lawn alone. Little did he know that, when the harvest time arrived, after gathering many beautiful tomatoes and squash, he would tell me that we needed to expand our little veggie garden next year! ‘Cause it was awesome!
Since then, I’ve been gardening on and off for about ten years. I have never had a year – until now – when I could say that my backyard garden surpassed our expectations. But I love my backyard garden!
Heck, I miss when we go out of town! My husband built a few wood frames for my veggie beds and a deck with a canopy. This year we have been hanging out in our backyard garden every single day. I am in love with this place!
I try to test new sorts of tomatoes, cucumbers and other veggies every year. Some years we have a bad gardening season, and I feel like that we have little to no control over it. Some years our backyard garden produces enough vegetables to satisfy our needs. It surely requires some attention and time, which is quite a task as we both work our full-time jobs.
This year we have seen such a really nice harvest that we can barely keep up with our backyard garden production! Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers keep on being sent out to the family and neighbors. The funny thing is that we have done very little to achieve such abundant results! I guess that we have been lucky in 2020! The spring and summer weather has been very mild this year, and it’s always a huge plus! Also, I have tried a couple of things for the first time that, I believe, have contributed to the overall productivity in the garden.
It all starts with quality seeds and useful information. I’m going to post my list of the books on gardening that I have in my personal library in my next post.
I can recommend a couple of online seed shops whose seeds I have successfully grown in my backyard garden! Check out SEEDSNOW website here: https://bit.ly/31d2UXN I had almost a 100% germination rate with their seeds!
If you haven’t tried my Zucchini Beer Snack from 1970s yet, do yourself a favor and check it out here: https://www.iloveoldrecipes.com/recipe/zucchini-beer-snack/