I’m going to preface this, but it hardly bears mentioning any more that I don’t actually know what I’m doing. If you want to find people that DO…. (and really, go find the books by number 2 and 3. I’ve read a LOT of books, and these were astoundingly full of things I’d never heard before.)
BUT, I do know how to read, and I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now. This will be our first year with a real garden- not pots on the deck, not a shady box in the backyard, but an honest-to-goodness, SUNNY, garden. I’m rather excited to grow kale that doesn’t take 5 months to reach maturity.
In the greenhouse: leeks, tomatoes, basil, cabbage, cauliflower, napa cabbage, brussels sprouts
In the ground: peas and spinach
Transplant: leeks, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, napa cabbage, brussels sprouts
In the ground: potatoes, kale, turnips, beets, green onions, rainbow chard
In the ground: carrots, radishes, nasturtium, cilantro, alyssum, echinacea, morning glory
In the ground: sugar pumpkin, corn, pole beans, cucumber, bush beans, zucchini
In the ground: sunflower
Transplant: basil, tomatoes
In the ground: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, carrots
In the ground: leeks, brussels sprouts, rainbow chard, carrots, turnips
In the ground: spinach, radishes, leaf lettuce, bunching onions (green onions), cover crop of crimson clover?
In the ground: garlic (I might wait longer next year- the garlic I planted last October now has 6″ green shoots. Made it through our last cold snap alright, though.)
If you know me, you know there is a potentially fatal flaw in this plan: I’m pregnant. Very, very pregnant. Due in 6 weeks pregnant. Which means I’ll have a newborn right at planting time, and a baby strapped to me for months after that. Luckily, peas and spinach are the only thing that really need to touch dirt in February- all the cabbage crops I hope to start in my mom’s greenhouse are anecdotally difficult, and I have access to several great nurseries. It wouldn’t be a big deal to simply pick up starts and plop them in the ground in March!
One of our “really want” projects for this coming year is installing a timed watering system (just t-tape and sprinkler heads, or soaker hoses) so that the daily maintenance would be limited to weeding, checking for bugs, and harvesting. I hope to plant densely enough that after the first few weeks of seed growth, there won’t be much open space/sunlight for weeds to thrive in. Mulching will help a lot too.
(The other project we want to do is planting a blueberry hedge, and transplanting the raspberries from the back to the front. Possibly transplanting a plum tree from my mom’s yard.)
Frankly, I’m not sure how this garden is going to mesh with my new “completely pared down and modernized” phase of life I’m in, but my goal is do what’s REALLY important to me and do things that my whole family can help with, and gradually find out what things are important to us and what things we can let someone else do. Gardens are something I love planning, and I love cooking with really great vegetables and fruits. I simply melt when I find my kids grazing in the backyard, with fistfuls of snap peas of bowls of black berries. That education is worth more to me than having pounds and pounds of beans for the table.
I’ve linked this up to the Simple Lives Thursday linky party– go check it out!