I LOVE veggies, but it was killing me to spend so much money for them in the grocery store. Just two days ago I paid $1.99 for three cucumbers. Yikes!
Since we moved into the house three years ago, I knew I wanted to have a veggie garden. We’re very close to the beach, so we have sandy soil that doesn’t give us the best growing conditions. We would have had to put a lot of time and money into getting our soil up to par. That’s when some nice ladies on a gardening messageboard I frequent pointed out the Square Foot Gardening method my Mel Bartholomew. I quickly decided to buy the book from Amazon (I usually get from the library, but ours didn’t have this book in stock.) I mapped out my future garden, bought the seeds, and started them inside. Except the seeds didn’t grow very well *sigh*
Two weeks ago I decided to suck it up and buy plants for the garden. First I hit Wal-mart, since I heard they have the best deals on veggie plants. Not so! I really didn’t want to spend $3 for each plant! Then I decided to hit up my local garden center The Farm at Lloyd Road in Matawan, NJ. I am SO glad I did. Not only did they answer my ridiculous questions with kindness, their prices were amazing. $1.99 gets you a 6 pack of perennials (veggies included) or $13.99 for a flat of 8 packs. I ended up getting a flat of flowers and a flat of veggies. I highly recommend Lloyd Rd if you’re looking for garden supplies in Central NJ!
OK, so here is what we have planted:
2 Squares of Peas (grown from seed)
2 Squares of Cucumbers
1 Square of Jalepenos (grown from seed)
6 Squares of Bell Peppers
3 Squares of Red Beets (grown from seed)
2 Squares of Arugula
4 Squares Tomato
4 Squares Zuchinni
4 Squares Italian Eggplant
3 Squares mixed Parsley and Basil
1 Square Cilantro (grown from seed)
Here is an allium plant that went in way too late in the season. I wasn’t sure it would even bloom this year, but it seems to be coming along nicely.