The process of getting the garden in went into high gear this week as we prepared to head out of town. It was really a family effort, with my husband doing much of the structural work and hauling of supplies and the kids helping me with seedlings, seeds, weeds and watering.
I knew several months ago that the garden was going to be more productive this year, but I had no idea just how many things we would be able to squeeze in. I’ve used every inch of dirt and nearly every pot we have. The result is a backyard full of dozens of varieties of vegetables and beautiful flowers. I can’t wait to see how it all grows and what we are able to do with it. I’m especially hoping to be able to preserve more to eat throughout the off-season.
Why do it this way instead of planting fewer varieties but more of them? Done that way, I could have enough tomatoes to make all the sauce we’d need for the year. But I wouldn’t have anything else. And it wouldn’t be much fun.
Planting several varieties ensures that there will be successes, even amid failures. If tomatoes get blight, there are still many other edibles to enjoy. Variety is also a great way to draw beneficial insects to the garden. Each one may attract something different.
And of course, variety is beautiful!