As a child growing up in the 80’s, I helped my mother tend the family garden. My dad had a good dozen tomato cages and my mother grew beans, peas, and other vegetables. I count my time back then more as memory than experience. But it was those memories of working with family that fostered a recurring interest in gardening.
In 1999, I picked-up gardening again with a random attempt at a few crops, which I abandoned. In 2007, my wife and I improved upon my solo try, but achieved only modest results, again from poor planning and a brutal summer.
The tough growing year caused me to rethink gardening and I ended up giving it up for a year. In 2009, with renewed interest and some actual research, I decided to give it one more chance. Since then, I’ve used online research and tools like this site to help me enjoy success as a home vegetable gardener.
I currently live in a townhouse, so my yard is limited, so I try to make pretty good use of it. I have changed the configuration several times, but I have settled on having two raised beds that are double dug to the extreme (hence my handle name). They are about 12" above ground and 24" underground, so they pack a big punch by offering deep roots and stellar drainage. My county features red clay, so I feel my digging habit isn’t overkill.
I also maintain two other raised beds at my friend’s house, so that provides diversity and a different part of the hobby which presented itself.
Several years ago, I read Eliot Coleman’s The Winter Harvest Handbook and started gardening year round. During the winter months, I used low tunnels to extend my season. I now grow plants year round and am focused on improving my production, refining plant selections, and propagating my own plants.
Zone 6b I started this backyard garden in late spring of 2007 on the right side of my backyard which is currently inhabited by three raised beds. When I f...
Zone 6b In 2013, my friend began providing garden space for me to use in exchange for helping him with his garden. My “Friend’s House” ga...
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I love to grow
Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce