We’re midway through our first week with our 2020 Victory Garden. This post will explain what we’ve done so far and what we have planned in the weeks ahead.
Preparing the garden
I’ve linked to the exact products I used below.
- Peat moss
- Garden soil
- Seeds & plants (I used a variety from different sources, including from my local Dollar General, but others that are available online are linked below. This is not an exhaustive list of what is in my garden, but )
- Purple Top White Globe Turnip
- Laurentian Rutabaga
- Fordhook Lima Beans
- Ka-Bluey Blueberry – 12-18″
- Gurney’s Premium Lettuce Blend
- Blue Lake bush beans
- Silver Queen (Hybrid) Corn
- Collards (from my mom)
- English Peas
- Roma Tomatoes
- Norland Red Potatoes
- Burbank Russet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- 90-pack Onion Set (includes Red, White, and Yellow)
- Clemson Spineless Okra
- Ozark Beauty Strawberry – 25 plants
- Garden fencing (I used the BOEN 4×50-ft Plastic Garden Fencing from Lowes, but unfortunately they are apparently sold out right now so I can’t even link to the product. I also used the posts that they have available for this fencing.)
- Wildlife netting
Our Victory Garden Strategy
I’m starting “small” for right now, but will be adding more beds in the coming weeks. I began by tilling an area about 10’x20′.
My son graciously built three raised beds for me, each 4’x8’x10″. We filled them with an equal mixture of peat moss and garden soil and mixed that in with the tilled soil beneath. The garden soil has fertilizer in it, but I will use compost as needed once I have that ready.
We are mostly starting our this year’s Victory Garden with direct planting in the beds, however I did have five collard plants that my mom had started from seed, so those are off to a great start.
Once we had everything in the beds, I covered them with a layer of wildlife netting and my mom and I constructed a short term garden fence with the rolled plastic fencing product linked above. Sometime in the near future (after the COVID-19 lockdowns are behind us) we’re hoping to have a regular fence put up.
Additionally, a few weeks ago I started some crops in a container garden on the deck: potatoes, onions, bush beans, and garden peas. Those are doing very well. I’ll post pictures later.
We’ve also started some sweet potato vines, but those won’t be ready to plant for a while yet.
Still to come
I’m looking forward to receiving my seeds and plants from Gurney’s so I can get those into the ground. We will need to construct at least one more raised bed, and some will get directly sown into the ground, specifically our blueberry bush, and likely our sweet potatoes once the slips are ready.
I also need to put together a composting bin. I had mentioned in this article that I might try building a chicken wire composting bin, but I’ve learned that I can pick up some wood pallets this week and that won’t involve me violating the social distancing guidelines, so I may go back to that old tried-and-true method.
Stay tuned for more updates as this garden begins to grow. 🥬🍅🥕🌽🥔🍓