Victory Garden, Lessons Learned so far:
– Deer will eventually find your garden. Where I live in Kentucky, the only real protection against deer are fencing, a dog or a shot gun.
– The soil around the plants needs to be tilled / raked regularly, if not the sun will bake the exposed soil in between plants and when it does rain the majority of water will not be absorbed into the ground and just wash away. Additionally the exposed ground in between plans grows grass and weeds quickly.
The exception to this is the “square foot method” of gardening that I have been experimenting with. I have found that if I plant a lot of one type of plant together in a tight spot, the soil stays softer under the shade of the leaves and requires less tilling / raking. Also the weeds are chocked-out because of lack of sunlight.
– Growing “Organic Cabbage” requires regular hand-picking of cabbage-worms. Those little green monsters are a pain in the buttocks! I love Kimchee and decided it would be worth it to hand pick the worms off the plants to keep some of the cabbage worm and pesticide free!
Below are a few pictures from the Victory Garden, my recent “Harvest,” and some Mexican-Kimchee!
Above and Below, the Victory Garden has enjoyed all the rain we have had this year in Central Kentucky.
Below, small cabbage, perfect for making Kimchee!
Below, the Carrots in my Square-Foot Gardening method.
Below, a few radishes.
Below, the deer-proof Roma bean planter.