Well, the vines are out… at least here… they may grow (but not sure how much they will thrive) at my cousins house. More on that later. I’m going to make our back patio a veggie garden, it’s only 12×12 feet, but should be enough to get a good sized garden together. Unfortunately it doesn’t get the perfect amount of sun… in fact too far back by the house and it hardly gets any sun through the day. My plan is to put about 20 or so 1 gallon nursery pots filled with alternating spearmint and wormwood plants (in the front of the house I plan to grow peppermint, wormwood, and catnip… might naturally keep the cat flea free get him to eat the catnip between a pair of wormwood plants). That will be my natural bug protection zone, keeping bugs out of the house, and out of the garden. I’ll grow the veggies in six Rubbermaid tubs, should give me room for some kale, grape tomatoes, and maybe raspberries. In the middle walkway path lining each side I’ll put peppermint… just really scent the area up and keep the bugs at bay even more 😛 That will give us a good advantage at the grocery store, completely eliminating our need to buy salad stuff all summer long, with the bonus of raspberries, and maybe some grapes at the end of the season from Jordan’s if the grape vines survive. The seeds for these plants cost a couple bucks each but since the peppermint should live all year round I won’t need to replace it each year. That’s a big help and will give instant bug repellent to the area. I figure with a little fertilizer, the occasional new soil, seeds, etc. about $40 a year we’ll easily be able grow $500 worth of groceries a year. At least that’s the goal, keep the family feed organically, and get lots of fruits and veggies for a little work… maybe help get caught up on everything 😛
I would still like to grow more… I’d like some really big Blueberry bushes… and I’d like some Cao grapes… and I’d like this all in our backyard. The HOA did say that if we put up a black chain link fence we can do pretty much whatever we want with our back yard… so here a few years in the future I may do that, put in 6 Cao grapes, a 1KW wind turbine, two big Blueberry bushes, and a big enough garden section that we didn’t need to get fresh fruits and veggies from the store anymore.
Filed by Cody Sortore at September 19th, 2012 under Gardening Galore
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