Monday, November 2, 2009

In the Garden ...


We've been thinking and planning and goal setting and making changes around here in recent weeks. A lot of budget talk and figuring out how we can meet the goals we have for our family. One way that we are looking at saving is by getting a good crop of veggies growing in our little garden beds. Yesterday we sat down with a list of what we should be planting between now and January and made a plan. Rory drew out our garden beds and we sectioned them off with what needs to be planted where. We read companion planting guides and looked at the most amazing book that I found at the library.

I'd like a copy of it but it's about $80 so I'm going to have to get those veggies growing ... maybe with some of the savings from our first harvest, I can buy the book. Til then, I'll just have to keep checking it out of the library !! The little 'blurb' on the front of the book says "A comprehensive guide to the cultivation, uses and health benefits of over 200 food producing plants." Seriously. Good book !!

I'll keep you posted. We've ordered a $100 Bunnings gift card with points we've earned on our credit card. That should be here early in the week and we will go buy the supplies we need to extend our herb garden, and also buy the seedlings/seeds we've determined need to go in.

I'm excited ! I feel like this is something we can do and I look forward to once our plants are established and producing fruit !!

Do you have a garden ? What do you grow ?
What has been your biggest success in your garden ? I'd love to know ...

PS ... pop on over to the beans blog if you want to see our recent Coriander Seed harvest !


Mari November 2, 2009 at 1:36 AM  

We used to have a vegetable garden - beans, tomatoes, corn, green peppers, jalapeno's and a few other, but we've gradually cut back and now have mostly flowers.

Cheri November 2, 2009 at 1:59 AM  

I love my garden. We do beans, potatoes, onions, cantaloupe, lots of tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos,strawberries, sometimes carrots and in our 2nd garden we have a pumpkin patch!

T'lia November 2, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

Exciting stuff Bon! We've been doing some reno's to our garden/gazeebo, and I've bought a few new plants lately, so I'll have to show you how my garden is growing!!

Palmer and Co November 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

Can't wait to see what you all do! I'll look for that book at our library. I intend on more education this winter! We are really getting into gardening!

Amy November 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

Oh how fun!! What a fabulous way to save money! PLUS you can grow your own organic fruits and veggies! I have always wanted to do this too!!
Wonderful that you are your honey are planning and going to do this together.. makes it together time with yummy bennies :)

Demara November 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM  

YES we do have a garden!! I'm excited to use it in the Spring and Summer to save money. We were told that cucumbers, onions, basil, oregano, mint, and tomatoes grow very well in it.

I can't wait to try growing snow peas!!!

Mrs. Wallace November 3, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

we had a garden growing was a "square foot" gardener (a lovely book). One of the coolest things she did was leave one plot (one that wasn't perfect for veggie growing) and let it be a garden for Jill and I. The two of us got to pick whatever we wanted to grow in it and then we were in charge of it. We grew things like pumpkins (not very successful) and cotton (such fun and gave us a new respect for the slave cotton pickers). Anyway, I highly recommend it! It was a fun learning experience for Jill and I :-)

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