A couple of years ago my younger son decided he wanted to start a vegetable garden to help me save some money. It was a nice thought, and I encouraged him with his idea. He started out with one raised garden bed, and had some bell peppers and cucumber plants. Every day when he got home from school he would go and check on his garden bed, and was very excited when we began to get bell peppers and cucumbers. While he didn't get as much as he had wanted, he and I were both determined to try again next spring.
The second year, which was last year, was a huge learning experience for both myself and my son. We had two garden beds, a melon patch, a small lettuce patch on the back porch, and a few pots that had tomatoes, peppers, and pumpkins. I did a lot of searching on Google looking into caring for all these different plants. We learned the hard way why you rotate crops, because the first year our cucumber plants did well, but the second year they were ravaged by pests. We had no luck with pumpkins, I really detest squash borers. I have also come to hate, hate, hate squash bugs!! Needless to say, while we did get some watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a lot of hot peppers, we also lost a lot as well. I also had no luck with my squash or eggplant.
So, this year I decided to learn from my mistakes, rotate crops, do away with plants that I had no luck with, such as pumpkins, grow vegetables and fruit that would most definitely get eaten, and DIY the heck out of this years garden.
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