Vegetable Garden 2016: The List

A few days ago, I sent off the order for the vegetable garden.

Anyone in the Chicagoland area knows that planting before Mother’s Day is risky at best.  So I clearly timed my order to arrive closer to planting time.

In a few weeks, I’ll be out back cleaning out the beds, turning over and amending the soil so everything will be ready to go for May planting.

This year I’ll be putting down (or at least making a valiant attempt) the following vegetables:

1.  Green Beans

I collected a few leftovers from my neighbor Hank and dried them out.  I’m not sure if this is the proper procedure but I guess I’m about to find out.

2.  Peppers

This year I’m adding Banana Peppers to the usual Jalepenos, Poblanos and the Sweet Bell Peppers that I normally grow.

3.  Red Potatoes

Last year was my first attempt at growing them and honestly, the process couldn’t have been any easier.  Dig a trench, put the potato starts in the ground.  Cover them with dirt.  Watch them grow.

No need to water or literally do anything else.  I had at least 60 pounds of potatoes that I harvested last fall.  I’m sure I would have had more if I could have carried any more upstairs.

4.  Red Onions

I’ve never grown onions before but this year I’m willing to give it a try.  Fingers crossed.

5.  Tomatoes

I won’t say that I’m a tomato master but my skill level has increased.  Let’s hope that I can actually successfully can this year’s anticipated harvest, unlike last year.

I’m thinking about dabbling in the fruit department with a raspberry bush.  Am I invited the evil garden squirrels to just eat all of my hard work or nah?


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