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Starting a Summer Vegetable Garden

Five years ago we started our first summer vegetable garden.  We had no idea what we were doing, planted way too early, but had a blast tending to it as a family.  Every time I post an image of our garden on Instagram someone sends me an email with a list of questions.

I am no gardening expert but we’ve learned a few things over the years and I thought I would share what we do with ours for those of you that are wanting to start a summer vegetable garden of your very own.

Vegetable Garden

I purchased a double raised garden bed on Amazon (you can also find these at Home Depot or Lowes).  As far as where to place your garden bed select a place that gets full sun.  Most vegetables need full sun to thrive — so pay attention to how the sun moves on your property before building and filling the garden bed.

I have always bought starter plants…I did try starting seeds one year and many did not survive so I just stick with what works best.  That’s always been my theory for gardening.  If I tried something one year and I couldn’t get it to flourish I didn’t buy it again the next year.  Here are the plants that I’ve found to work for my family that we end up doing year after year:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Okra
  • Zucchini
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro

I plant the herbs in whiskey barrels on my patio…but the rest goes in the raised bed spaced according to the plant marker instructions that come with the plant.  We use Black Gold top soil to plant with.

I use tomato cages to help stake the plants once they get big enough.  I especially like this with cucumbers that tend to cling to other plants – the tomato cages they will climb up and not out.  Other than that I simply water daily and pull weeds as I see fit.

Are you planning a summer garden?  If so, what types of things do you plan to grow?