By observation Justin and I figured gardening in Germany had to be fairly easy. We both love to work in the yard and see things grow, so we splurged on a green house. We have found a hobby we both enjoy doing together and that our kids can do with us.
With Justin's experience working at his family's green houses and after asking mom and dad Schmidt a few questions we got started.
We first planted in the plugs, not shown here. Once they sprouted we transplanted them to the pots/trays shown below. Then after the last freeze we transplanted them to our garden boxes.
This being our first year we definitely learned a lot, mostly from failures.
We also planted them way too early with everything else, and in a spot where tree roots sapped the ground of water and nutrients.
Since we do not own a truck, we had a dump truck deliver soil for our garden boxes. Yes, it was dumped on our driveway. Sam could have played in it every day for a week I'm sure, but we had to get it in the back yard that day with shovel and wheel barrow. Sam was definitely ready to help. :)
This is our main garden box. It is the sunniest part of our yard. We love having all our trees, but it did make it a bit difficult to find a spot for a vegetable garden.
Yes Justin made a batch of fresh salsa -- which was delicious! I think we liked it so much because it all came from our garden, onions, tomatoes, cilantro.
Overall I think we had a successful garden. It grew and we ate some of it. Justin on the other hand saw the prices and yield percentage and felt like we failed. Ha ha, we both agree we have room for improvement. Both of us are excited for next years growing season.