My library of crops that I have grown. The successes, failures and lessons learned.
Blackberries have been one of the easiest plants in our garden to grow, and the hardest to harvest at the right time. We are getting better at picking the blackberries at the right time, but it has taken several seasons of trial and error and error and error to figure it out.
Sunflowers are extremely fast growers, have amazing flowers that follow the sun, and are fun to harvest and roast. Sunflowers have a functional role in building great soil, as they produce a long taproot that will help loosen your soil several feet below the surface. This action also works to pull nutrients back to the surface that have leached deep into the soil. When you compost the plant, you will be able to recycle and replenish these lost nutrients back to the soil surface. This was my favorite snack growing up, and love growing these and sharing the experience with my kids.
Chili peppers are easy and fun to grow, and have so many uses in the kitchen. Grow several varieties and start mixing flavors to create your own unique salsa blends, or add them to dishes to add some flavor and heat.