Gardening Year: 2012-13
Location:30 minutes south of Chicago
Planting By Color:Yellow/Maroon
Hello all, My name is Jim and this will be my second year at SFG gardening. I started off with a 70 square foot garden last year but since I sold my house in July I only got to see some of the fruit of my labors. In that short amount of time my family was able to grow short and full size carrots, bush green beans, grape and cherry tomatoes, and lettuce. Sadly, we had to leave before the cucumbers, pickles, zucchini, and watermelon had a chance to really take off.
The new house is nice but there is a lot of shade from mature trees throughout the lot. Instead of building a new bed, I was lazy and bought a 4′x8′ cedar bed from Home Depot. Only time will tell if it holds up to the harsh seasons here in Chicago. Due to having limited amounts of full sun bed locations, I’ve decided to use the new bed for cold season veggies and I’m currently building self-watering bucket planters for the warm season veggies; tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberry and pepper plants. I’m hoping for the same success as last year and the chance at doing a fall planting.
If anyone has any knowledge on bucket gardening,i.e. how many plants per 5 gallon bucket or which plants do well please let me know. Also, I’ve noticed a large amount of rabbits/squirrels in the new yard. Any idea how high to make a fence to keep them out of the garden. I want to build it high enough to keep the animals out but short enough for my young kids to still help harvest.
Thanks to this site and Mel’s book I was able to successfully introduce my kids to gardening and loads of healthy food.