Hello, my name is squash miser, as you can see, and is quite self explanitory. I love squash, mainly winter squash. We grew two hills of butternut squash last year, and, though I was the only main one eating it, we ran out way to fast. I would love to grow every kind of winter squash, but we haven't got enough room. I dream of hills and hills of butternut, pumpkin, acorn, spaghetti, and any other kind there might happen to be, if only we had room.
To tell the truth, this has been the first year I've had much interest in gardening. I've always been around gardens, my grandpa still has his garden going, but due to some health problems with my grandma he didn't get some of his "usuals" planted in time. We used to live next door to them, on about three acres-sumptuous room for a dream garden. The soil was great, anything grew. We had big bowls of raspberries every other day, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, and many other wonderful things I wish we had now.
This year my dad and I bonded over our garden. We bought the plants together, planted seed and plants together, and admired our plants together. This has already turned into a lengthy post, so I won't go on about sentimentals of my gardening experience.
My dad bought somewhere around 20-21 raspberry plants this year-two rows of fall red and one row of fall gold. Only one plant has really flourished, and one more is bearing leaves, but no apparent fruit. Dad says our soil isn't very great, but was told at the nursury that raspberries would thrive in our zone(I believe our zone is 7). There's so many things I want to plant, potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, corn, strawberries.....I could go on and on. One thing in particular I would like is sweet potatoes, but Dad says they need a sandier soil than we have.
When I dream of a garden, I dream of hoeing, tending, watering, harvesting, storing and preserving. My mom doesn't care much for the trouble of canning, but this year I convinced her to teach me the trade, so we canned 14 pints of tomatoes.
There I go, rambling again....What I really would like to know, is what kind of things could we do or grow that would enhance the soil....without much expense. Later on I would like to post some pictures to see about garden arrangement as well, if anyone has any ideas.
One last thing...I seem to always decide I want to grow something that you have to plant in the fall, but of course I don't think of it until spring...what sort of zone 7 things need to be planted in the fall?