by cousin Allen
We live on a very steep slope in urban Arlington, Virginia. Our first year we turned the small patch of soil on the side of our patio into tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. The only thing that really grew were the cherry tomatoes and the cucumber. Then last year we expanded significantly as seen in last years blog post . Again we had a huge amount of cucumbers and pear tomatoes. We also had great success with green beans,black berries, peppers, and broccoli. We also had some big failures, normal tomatoes and squash of all varieties.
This year we have had some big plans. We wanted to make better use of our very limited space and we also wanted to put up a shed. There was only one solution: Terracing. I originally hadn't planned to start the project until April, but in February my in-laws came to town for two weeks to see the baby. As an active busy body my father-in-law decide we should tackle this project.
While I'm not done with all of work on the back hill, we now have around 500 square feet of garden space (almost 20% of our total property. With these new planters I’m planning on planting with a modified square foot method. In the process of buying supplies I happened to show up at Home Depot the same night that all of the winter crops came in. As I have a habit of doing I went crazy and bought 120 onion starts, 24 broccili plants, 4 cabbages, and 20 Brussels’ sprouts. I figure that most of these will be done when the time comes for planting the summer crops. I've also planted 60 carrots. So here is to a good start to the gardening season.
Good luck getting everything started in your area.