When we decided to put in a garden, we picked a large spot on the side of our yard. The spot seemed enormous once we had it tilled and prepared. We bought our seeds and starter plants from a local nursery and went to work. We soon realized that gigantic spot just wasn’t as big as our overly ambitious minds had anticipated. We had to create a couple “spill over” gardens for remaining tomato plants as well as give away a few plants (or seven!).
This is our main “spill over” garden:
We planted these mammoth sunflowers (anticipated height, 12 feet!) from seeds and hope to roast them for snacks after they bloom. From what I hear we will have to cover them to keep the birds away. Apparently, they will demolish these sunflowers in no time.
I believe there are 12 tomato plants in this row. (?) We ran a fence to tie the plants onto if necessary. So far all but one is growing perfectly straight. The fence will also help to keep the sunflowers from falling onto the tomatoes once they grow to their full size.
Hopefully maintaining multiple gardens will help to prevent any total losses if our tomato crop happens to be struck by last years terrible blight. We can only hope!