Category Archives: Family of 4 Garden

Planting Day!

Yesterday was our big planting day in the Demo Garden. Our first planting day in the new garden! Most years we have 2 or 3 days when we do some major planting, but because of the renovation we ended up planting pretty much the entire garden at once. I will say that I am missing all of the colors and textures that the spring vegetables bring to a garden, although we really didn’t have any choice but to focus entirely on summer vegetables this year.

The gals doing the Edible Flowers Garden were so on the ball that they had almost everything planted before I could take more pictures!  Here’s the post with the plan for this garden.

We have a whole bed planned for the cattle panel trellises again this year. Unfortunately, we planned the trellis garden for the landscape paver bed, which is slightly narrower planting space because of the width of the pavers. It makes the space under the trellises narrower and slightly harder to work with. I’m sure it will be fine, but it maybe shouldn’t have been the first choice! Everything in the bed was planted from seed – cucumbers, squash, and melons. Here’s the garden plan if you want to see what we planted.

Here’s a look at the Mexican Garden. We had jicama, Mexican oregano, tomatillos, peppers, and the Red Aztec Spinach ready to transplant. The jicama and some cantaloupe get to fight over the trellis! We also planted black beans and some zucchini. Here’s the map and original post about the plans.

As is tradition, we have an entire raised bed devoted to tomatoes. We are doing the Florida Weave method in half of it and tomato cages in the other half. Although I greatly prefer the Florida Weave method, I think that due to the width of our bed, it is probably not the most efficient use of space with our current layout. Here’s the post about the plans and the varieties we’re growing this year.

Our Family of 4 Garden is smaller this year. It is about 14′ x 4′ as opposed to the 25′ x 4′ that it has been the last few years. We’ll of course take that into account with the dollar amounts we accrue over the season. We’ll also expect lower numbers since we don’t have any spring crops in. Apparently I somehow overlooked writing a post about our plans for the Family of 4 Garden. Here’s a picture of the bed plan:

This is our long plastic lumber bed with the two square second tiers. Half of the bed will be for the Prairie Star Annual Flower trials, and the other half is the Family of 4 Garden. As you can see, we have a pretty limited range of vegetables this year. Green beans, 2 zucchini, 2 cucumbers, 2 tomatoes, and 3 peppers. We should be able to get some fall things in after the beans and maybe after some of the other plants as well.

In the Beautiful Vegetables Garden, the first step was putting up some T posts to use for a bean trellis. We were going to use a wire trellis, but I think they are now planning to use a wire with twine hanging down for the beans. I’ll show more pictures when they get that project done. Meanwhile, here’s the original post with the plans.

I didn’t get an overview picture of the New & Unique Vegetable Garden, but I did take a couple pictures of the Litchi Tomato. It is just starting to develop its prickles, so you can’t really see them yet. I can foresee taking lots of pictures of this cool plant this summer. Here’s the bed plan for the New & Unique Vegetable Garden.

I think that’s it for this round of planting! We still have the 2 herb beds to plant as well as the Prairie Star Annuals (which arrived yesterday afternoon) and some of the containers.


Final Family of 4 Garden Harvest Report

Since we were cleaning out the garden today, we picked everything remaining that could reasonably be picked.

It was quite the motley assortment of over-ripe cantaloupe and under-ripe tomatoes. Oh yeah, and about a gazillion peppers. (Of course!)

We also marked the final harvest from the Family of 4 Garden this year. Not knowing how we’re going to plan things next year, it may be the last Family of 4 Garden report ever. (I kind of doubt it, but it’s always a possibility.)

Family of 4 Garden Harvest Report

3 bell peppers @ $1.25/each = $3.75

1.5 lbs hot peppers @ $2.50/lb = $3.75

2.5 bunches of  Swiss Chard @ $2.99/bunch = $7.48

3.875 lbs ripe tomatoes @ $2.00/lb = $7.75

3.75 lbs green tomatoes @ $1.00/lb = $3.75

Weekly Total: $26.48

Year End Total: $244.19

To exemplify what kind of a year it has been, this is the highest weekly total we’ve had all season except for May 10th, when we had spinach, radishes, and almost 4 pounds of lettuce. It’s also slightly higher than last year at this time, and we kind of quit keeping track last year at this time. Just think what a great year it could have been if the tomatoes had been more cooperative for the majority of the summer!

Beginning of the End and Family of 4 Harvest Report

While some years we might keep things going longer, due to the renovation we are tearing out most plants sooner than some years. Today we hacked the grapevines to bits, pulled and distributed all the herbs, and started tearing out the flowers. Next week the tomatoes and peppers will be pulled, ready or not!

We had some very healthy parsley that will be great for cooking. We pulled all the annual herbs and harvested what we wanted for culinary use. The perennials all got potted up and distributed to new homes.

All except for the garlic chives, that is. After all, you only need so many garlic chives. If you are desperate, there are a whole bunch in the compost bin, and I’m sure they’ll still be in fine condition.

We also had a nice haul of tomatoes from the ‘Golden Rave’ Roma plant in the Family of 4 Garden. Combined with a modest harvest of peppers this week, several small cantaloupes, and all the herbs, we had a decent selection of veggies this week.

Family of 4 Garden Harvest

1.75 lb of tomatoes @ $2.00/lb = $3.50

3 bell peppers @ $1.25/each = $3.75

Weekly Total: $7.25

Year to Date: $217.71

Family of 4 Garden – We break $200!

We are getting smothered in an avalanche of peppers, especially hot peppers. There are also a good number of green tomatoes coming on now. I hope they have time to ripen!

This is a sampling of all the different peppers we’ve got right now. Granted, they aren’t all from the Family of 4 Garden. They were so pretty that I just had to share this picture.

Family of 4 Harvest Report

0.25 lb okra @ $4.00/lb = $1.00

15 bell peppers @ $1.25/each = $18.75

0.41 lb hot peppers (cayenne) @ $2.50/lb = $1.03

0.31 lb Anaheim peppers @ $2.50/lb = $0.78

0.2 lb tomatoes @ $2.00/lb = $0.40

Weekly Total: $21.95

Year to Date: $210.46

With all these peppers, just think where our total would have been without such an obnoxious summer? All those tomatoes that we didn’t get….cantaloupe, squash, cucumbers…we probably would be about $75-$90 higher, at least. Then we would be expecting as much as another $100 from fall vegetables and greens. It could have been a banner year!

Quick Harvest Report

The peppers continue to pour in, with dozens of bell peppers and dozens of dozens of hot peppers.

The Family of Four Garden isn’t producing much, though:

4 oz of Okra @ $4.00/lb = $1.00

3 Bell Peppers @ $1.25/each = $3.75

2 oz. other peppers @ $0.31

2 oz. tiny tomatoes@ $2.00/lb = $0.25

Weekly Total = $5.31 (exactly the same as last week!)

Year to Date = $188.51