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The garden season is finally coming to an end. It's been another great season of learning, growing, and harvesting some delicious vegetables. So let's take a minute and look at our 2022 garden season!
It all started with this years selection of seeds. Last summer, we planted a few too many vegetable varieties, veggies that we enjoyed, but didn't know how to can or save. So this summer, we decided to plant vegetables that we could can and save. On the list, pickles, cucumbers, a selection of tomatoes, two varieties of peppers, and pumpkins (not pictured).
We also planted cauliflower, green beans, and zucchini that we picked up at a local nursery, along with some herbs.
I love starting our plants from seeds. It's a bit more time consuming than just running to the local nursery or home box store and picking up plants. It's taken me a couple of years to really figure out the best way to start and keep the seeds growing, but I think I've finally got a bit a process down.
I start with Jiffy's 72 pod, Professional Greenhouse kits. This kits have proven most effective for me. I usually see seeds sprouting within a week or so.
After a couple of weeks, when the sprouts are starting to produce their first leaves, I transplant the sprouts in plastic containers. We've saved a pretty good number of plastic planting containers, which work perfect for our sprouts. From the planters, I move the healthy plants into the ground.
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Once in the ground, it's pruning and patience. Some of the tomato plants go into the ground and some go into buckets. Both produce plenty of fruit for us, plus the buckets allow me to move plants around if I need or want.
I like to grow my pickles and cucumbers vine vertically. It makes it easier to care for and pick the vegetables, and it keeps the cucumbers and pickles off the ground and out of reach of critters.
Here is just a few of this seasons tomatoes, pickles, and green beans. But we also managed to grow a few zucchini, cucumbers, a pumpkin, and some potatoes.
All said and done, it was a great garden season. I've put most of the supplies away for the year. In another week or so, I'll pull the remaining plants and till up the ground for the winter. And before you know, we'll be planting again! Till then, we're going to enjoy the delicious harvest from the garden!
- the higham family
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