Currently here in Oregon we are seeing blooms on our of a plants in our garden. We are really feeling like our garden is coming into full swing with everything coming into fruition. We are anxious to see these blooms transform into the most delicious vegetables and fruits one can imagine. Now that we grow our own, we can really taste the difference in the produce we grow and what we can purchase in a store. During the summer months, if we are unable to grow a certain veggie or fruit, we try to purchase it from a local farmer right down the road from us. We feel this is still better than what we can purchase in a store and we are also supporting local farmers.
In our garden, we have a total of 8 raised beds that are 4 feet x 6 feet in dimension. We also have 3 3-tiered beds with the bottom tier being 4 feet x 4 feet, the middle tier is 2 feet x 2 feet and the top tier is 1 foot x 1 foot. We also have several other planters and 20 gallon grow bags that we use as we have outgrown our raised beds. All of our beds are made from cedar wood which is untreated and both ages and weathers well. Also, in these raised beds, we have trellises for plants that vine and are able to grow up these trellises thus reducing their footprint in the garden bed.
Our ultimate goal from our garden is to grow and preserve as much of our own food so that we are less reliant on the store and commercial America. We do this by eating what we can fresh, and through different methods of preservation such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating what we grow. This year in our garden we are growing many different types of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, green beans, peas, potatoes as well as onions, peanuts, lettuce, kale, spinach, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, rhubarb, and horseradish. Every year, we take note of what worked well and what improvements can be made to make the garden be even more efficient than the previous year.
We look forward to sharing with you what has worked well for us in our garden and all of the tips and tricks we are aware of so that you may be able to use these in your own gardening practices.
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