How does your garden grow

Eggplant from last year’s garden

One of the things that I most love about no longer living in the middle of New York City is having a back yard. Specifically so I can have a garden. Last year I hastily planted my 4′ x 4′ raised bed about a month after I had my daughter. I felt lucky to get anything in the ground. Needless to say, my yield was low. I got a nice amount of tomatoes, mostly small, 3 or 4 eggplant, a few jalapeños and 1 zucchini.

This year I’ve got a little more time to devote to my garden so I’m hoping that means I get more out of it. I decided to go all in and try my hand at growing plants from seeds. I found a great website called Sprout Robot where you put in your zip code and pick the plants you want to grow and it gives you step-by-step instructions on when and how to plant them. I’ve already got some leeks sprouting and some eggplant and tomatoes planted under my indoor growing lights.

One of the issues I faced last year was overcrowding so I’m doing a little research about how much room each plant needs and hopefully expanding our garden to get the most out of each variety.