My first attempt at my own garden was a success. I grew Roma tomatoes, Anaheim peppers, gypsy peppers, green bell peppers, and orange bell peppers.
I planted six Roma tomato plants, which turned out to be WAY too many. I was harvesting 3-4 pounds of tomatoes every couple of days through September.
I made salsa and salsa and salsa. My wife made a couple of roasted tomato recipes and my youngest daughter made bruscetta. I gave tons of tomatoes and peppers away to neighbors, too.
I did not use any fertilizer or bug chemicals at all. Not that I meant to not use them, I just never had to. We had grasshoppers here and there, but it wasn’t too bad. I read somewhere that Marigolds keep bugs away, so I planted Marigolds in pots and placed the pots around the garden. I’d pop the dead heads off every couple of days and throw them into the garden. I have no idea if that helped with the bugs or not, but again, I had no bug problems.
Next year I plan to increase the size of the garden from 4′ x 8′ to about 8′ x 8′. I plan to plant the same as this year and add onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and some herbs.