If you guys remember back, we’d built a couple raised beds gardens. This was for a couple reasons. The first was simply I’d never had one, got to reading about them, and decided we needed to try them.
The second reason was letting people know that even though you may live in town with a small lot, that it doesn’t take much room to grow fresh, homegrown vegetables that can be enjoyed by your whole family.
As I said in our last column, I was reading where with a 32-square-foot garden plot, you could grow up to 100 pounds of carrots. Isn’t that amazing, plus motivating? This means simply, that you can offset your grocery bill number one and save a few bucks, plus eat your own vegetables that taste SO much better than store bought. Throw in good, quality family time of working in the garden and it’s a win-win situation, or I believe now it to be a win-win-win gig! Honestly, you can’t go wrong!
This next video will show where our tomatoes were, but now are gone…because of Fusarium wilt. This is a bacteria that plugs up the water vessels in the plant, and they can’t pick up the water. Evidently this stuff is a bear to get rid of too.
This is the second batch of tomatoes it has just ruined for us. This was not here on the place, but in topsoil we had trucked in. As you can see in the video we replaced the tomatoes with okra we transplanted from our larger conventional garden.
The types of veggies it works on are tomatoes, eggplants, and pepper. There may be more, but these for sure. The peas and okra in these same beds are doing fine.
Let’s take a look at this video, and then I’d like to ask your opinion of an idea I had.
I gotta’ buddy, mhpgardener, who I must say is one impressive guy. Bobby says about the only way to get rid of this fusarium wilt is to take out all the soil, dispose of it, and start anew. He may be right, but I thought I’d try one thing first…
What do you guys think about making compost beds out of these beds next spring? Do you think that by adding your composting materials, and keeping it “hot” with your nitrogen additives like grass clippings, you could put this through such a heat, that it kills this bacteria?
I know, I know…it’s much faster and you get the utilization of your beds much quicker by just getting rid of this soil, huh? In our situation we have other space we can use, plus, we need the compost anyway. Anyway, it was just a thought that I figured I’d run by you guys…
The second video this morning is of our pea patch. There’s also three 100’ rows of okra there as well, but peas are by far the main vegetable crop we try to grow in our fall garden. Why so many peas? Cause we LOVE EM! Besides tomatoes, corn, okra, beans, squash, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, greens (all kinds), cabbage, carrots, onions, AND cabbage, we probably like peas the best! LOL!!
Seriously though, we don’t know of anybody who doesn’t like peas! They’re easily canned or frozen, don’t take up a lot of space, and are about one of the easiest things to grow in a garden. Like the video says, my Granddaddy and Dad, both used to just broadcast them out, and they came up as volunteers.
They had to have “volunteered plenty” cause as a kid I don’t remember too many meals that didn’t have some type of pea, and if not, there was always beans! Back then we didn’t have a lot, but we always had plenty to eat, and a big reason for this…growing gardens.
Last year’s fall pea crop, which is the only one we have, we only plant peas in our fall garden, we canned right at 200 quarts! I don’t know how many pints we put up, or the number of messes we gave away, but again, everyone we know, just love them.
This year, from the looks of things, we’ll do better than that. The ole’ pressure cooker comes out of hiding by next week at the latest. Deb and I walked out there yesterday afternoon, and boy oh boy, those dern black-eyes are absolutely loaded! The purple hulls, crowders, and cream 40’s are right there too! It looks as if there’s possibly a good mess out there for Deb and I now, but it’d be skipping around too much. I like to reach down and just grab a handful!
We’re right on the verge of bein’ pea shellin’ fools once more, and to be truthful with you guys, we love doing it. Watchin’ a little TV, or just sitting out on the porch shootin’ the breeze, we find it “soothing.”
Honestly though, IT IS very rewarding to plant your crops, watch them little fellers grow, and before you know it, your table is set with good, wholesome, fresh vegetables you grew at home. It doesn’t get any better than that! If there is…I couldn’t stand it!
Take a look at our video of the pea patch, as it’s done well. Hopefully, if any of you guys don’t garden, maybe it will inspire you to try it out. We believe if you do, you’ll be hooked!
You guys have a great day, and God bless you all…ya hear? Once again, keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!
Dub and Deb