Any of you who have followed us in the past, know we have had gardens the last couple of years. Last year we built the greenhouse and doubled our garden space. 2020 was a year of green beans, canning over 60 pints in addition to all we ate fresh and gave away. 2019 was probably the best producing garden we’ve done together…. picking over 150 ears of corn, peppers galore, and a better variety of vegetables harvested. However, 2021 is a year of change for Philip and I. We are in process of packing the house and moving back into the RV. The greenhouse has already been torn down and most of it moved to Kentucky. This year’s garden intro looks quite a bit different.
So for 2021 we are container gardening. I’ll be honest, its not satisfying Philip’s gardening bug. It was important to me to try and I want to use this opportunity to work on my organic gardening skills. Since the garden is a lot smaller, the challenge of pest control, I am hoping will be more manageable.
So here it is friends, the 2021 Kowalski Garden Intro
Most of the starts we purchased. With the wedding and travel, we didn’t want to add any extra maintenance for our house sitters, so we did not start the seeds early enough. We purchased tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers. Today I direct sowed bush green beans, cantaloupe, chamomile, chives, and lettuce. Philip planted potatoes that are sown from the potatoes we grew last year We also have a few bonus plants, things that grew back on their own from last year’s garden, cabbage (thank you Faith), and gladiolus. I potted the pineapple crowns that I have had rooting in the kitchen, given to me by a friend. Finally, I have a few pots of herbs that we grew last year. As well as a collection of fruits trees.
Check out the snake skin I found in the garden area. I pulled this out from under the compost bags. I displayed it in the strawberry patch, but I’m sure he’s close by.
In all, we have over 50 pots in our container garden! I hope this encourages you to plant what you can….. I know that many of you will never grow an elaborate garden, but you can still enjoy fresh vegetables in your own backyard.
See the progress of the 2021 Container Garden https://kowalskimountain.com/container-garden-tour-for-2021/
Check out our previous gardens.
2020 Garden https://kowalskimountain.com/greenhouse-wrap-up/
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.