This is what our garden looked like a few months after moving into our home. Wasn’t it beautiful?
I had told my husband that I would LOVE to have a Potager… a kitchen garden.. and he brought it to fruition for me. We dug dirt, laid mulch, he built over 11 raised beds, and than we had soil brought in… soil that, to our extreme disappointment, later proved to be filled with root nematodes.
I could go on and on about all the different things we did to try and save our garden (none of which worked), but this post is about what we did AFTER all that, so let me to tell you about that.
Our Gardening Adventures: From Dirt, To Hydroponics, To Vertical
After putting up a HUGE fight against the evil nematodes, we decided that we needed to try something different.
It was during this time when I started learning about Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening. I had seen these really cool ‘towers’ that some of my friends had purchased and thought they would be fun to try out. Yet, when I showed my husband, and he saw the price (yes, they are very expensive), he put a co-bosh on that idea, but promised he could make me something like that if I could research it some more for him.
Needless to say I hit the books, the internet, and whatever else I could get my hands on. I wanted to be able to grow organic veggies in my backyard and I was determined to do so.
I found all kinds of YouTube videos, web sites, and books about hydroponics and before no time… this is what my Kitchen garden looked like.
This was an old video I made awhile back, so I apologize for the cheesy music, but you get the idea.
We have been growing our vegetables hydroponically now for about 2 years. It’s a lot of fun, but we’ve learned a lot through trial and error.
But wait.. where does the Vertical part come in?..
One day while out driving around, we saw a sign in front of a house for fresh produce and noticed a HUGE vertical garden set-up in the backyard of this home. We decided to stop in and see what they had and how their operation worked.
Well… the owner of the home/garden and my husband hit it off almost immediately and before I knew it, my husband was planning out how he could switch over part of our system over to vertical gardens.
The difference between the two systems is this:
Our first system is just circulating water and nutrients that passed over root systems that are either in small baskets that allowed water to pass by or are ‘dutch’ buckets that are filled with Perilite which the water/nutrients dripped and drain down through. There is no soil or dirt of any kind.
Now, the vertical garden system we are trying out has mulch/dirt (made with all natural ingredients) inside the buckets than in return allow a drip system of water and nutrients to work it’s way through.
We’ve gotten a late start on some of our plantings (trying to beat the summer heat), so it will be interesting to see how it all works out.
Since this is a trial period for us, we still have the one of the original systems going.
We have Kale, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Green Peppers starting.. YUM!
So, all in all, that has been our Gardening Adventures over the past few years.
Stay tuned, because knowing my husband.. we aren’t done. LOL.
How about you?
Do you have a home garden? What kind of adventures have you had gardening?
Leave me a comment and let me know, I’d love to read about them.