A while back I showed you how to build a small tiered vegetable & herb garden. Our garden has had plenty of time to grow and develop and I decided I would bring you an update. I have learned a few things from my first venture into urban farming.
The first thing I learned is that we planted many of the vegetables too close together. It seemed good when they were small little plants but once they took off they seemed to crowd each other out some. Another thing I learned is okra plants grow really tall! Our okra plant is nearly 8 feet tall right now and it is pumping out okra faster than we can eat it.
Here is a pictures of the okra plant:
That brings me to another point. Okra should be harvested before it gets too big or it gets really hard. I learned this the hard way. I have also enjoyed trying to make hot sauce with the hot peppers.
The main thing I learned is I should have done something for pest control. Whether I just went and got regular insecticide or made my own all natural repellent, I should have done something because the bugs ate up so much of the garden. They completely ruined the squash, the tomatoes, and the zucchini. I thought they had ruined the cucumbers as well but the cucumber plant has made a slow recovery and has produced 2 large cucumbers thus far.
On the plus side, bugs seem not to like to eat herbs. None of the herbs were disturbed. We picked those poor 2 basil plants to death. We should have gotten 4 more basil plants as much as we use basil in our cooking.
All in all, it has been a moderately successful garden and I look forward to doing it again next season using some of the lessons I learned this year to make my harvest even more bountiful!
Have any of you grown your own garden? What tips do you have?