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Vegetable Gardening — A Beginner’s Experience!

With the way this economy has been the past few years and because our family is a large one, what with 6 of us total, Kevin and I decided to give vegetable gardening a try this year.  However, we live in the suburbs, in one of those communities that pop up everywhere and have small backyards.  Furthermore, when we moved into the house 11 years ago, we planted some nice oak trees, 3 of them to be exact, in that small backyard.  ARe you getting the picture here…?  Our backyard is probably not the “ideal” situation that is FULL sun all day in planting but what the heck, we’re wild like that, and we’re going to give it a try.  Worst that can happen?  Next year we’ll be putting grass seed down!

I did some research as to what can grown in a shaded garden, and by shade, a sport that still needs to get 3-6 hours of sun per day.  The veggies on that list are:

  1. Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio
  2. Broccoli
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Peas
  5. Beets
  6. Brussels Sprouts
  7. Radishes
  8. Swiss Chard
  9. Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale
  10. Beans

Problem with the above list? I can’t stand 3/4 of the vegetables on this list!  Arrrgggg….what is a homemaker to do.? I decided to throw caution to the wind and made up my own list.  I did some research, followed my neighbor’s advice, and put together a small grid showing what I plan to plant and where and we’ll just see what happens.  Here’s my revised list of veggies:

  1. Salad Greens
  2. Corn (1 row)
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Peppers
  6. Zucchini
  7. Squash
  8. Green beans

Update to original post:  The rain stopped long enough that we were able to finish planting the seeds Monday night and so now we’re just in the “wait and see” part!…fun and exciting for all of us!  Wish us luck!  I’ll check back in every now and then and let you know what our labor gives us!

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