I decided to take the things that I learned from The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden and begin my own postage stamp garden. (Click here to read my review of this fascinating book.)
I don’t have the space for a 5 x 5 garden or even a 4 x 4 garden, but I applied the principles to my south-facing flowerbed. Also, I didn’t make a raised bed. Hopefully, in the autumn my husband and I can do that. But we just didn’t have time this year. Our youngest son is having a cardio-thoracic reconstruction in early May, and it was all we could do just to prepare the flowerbeds for planting and get the seedlings in place.
My space measures 2.5’ x 44’. (It seems like a huge space. But since much of it is unusable because it abuts the side of the house of driveway, it’s still a small space.) In this space, my husband and I planted:
12 white corn plants
6 jalapenos (Yes, I realize how many peppers that will give me. My guys live on peppers.)
1 habanero (Scoville rating: 250,000)
1 ghost pepper (Scoville rating: 1,001, 304. Matthew is giddy about this.)
4 red bell peppers
4 yellow bell peppers
4 beefsteak tomatoes
1 purple cherry tomato
Mint (Properly contained in a fabric-lined pot, set into the ground)
Chocolate mint (Same as above)
Strawberries (I originally had six plants. Now I have more than I can count.)
Here are some photos of the beds. I'll post more later in the summer as the plants mature.
|Most of what you see here are the strawberries and herbs|
I've been growing for several years.
|Some of the pepper plants are behind me.|
Corn plants are beyond that.
| Habanero (foreground) and ghost pepper.|
Black tubing is drip irrigation.
N.B. My blogging, which has gotten sporadic, will probably be even more sporadic over the summer since my son's surgery has a 12 week recovery.