My mind has been on our planned garden for the past few weeks as I’ve been reading Animal Vegetable Miracle and compiling a list of things I’d like to see in it this year. Although, I was pretty surprised when I headed over to our local university’s extension website to look at planting times this year. One of the first ones listed was February 15th! Holy Smokes! That’s like, NOW! (Although THAT date was a recommendation for a couple of plants we’d need to start indoors to be transplanted in about a month.)
Last year, I decided to garden and weeded through information and probably got more confused as I went along – and then I almost missed the planting dates. Of course, my garden came in a little slower than many other’s but once it came in, it flourished! (Which could also be explained by the fact I refused to use chemical fertilizers.)
This year, Steven has said he wanted in on the planning – and, I’m ecstatic! Last year, I got the “Oh gaw” and eye rolls but when I mostly took care of it myself and provided us with a HUGE supply of fresh vegetables, he really saw how it impacted our finances. It was really awesome to be able to decide you want a salad with supper and just walk out to the yard and pick whatever you wanted on it. This year, I was hoping we’d be able to buy some of the “heirloom” vegetables, but I think I’ll wait on that until finances will allow. Instead, I’m going to buy from the farm store and walmart again and see how many seeds I can start indoors, and then transplant those – which will save some cash, too (a few dollars here and a few dollars there…)
But, apparently…I have way less time than I originally thought! My brain is still not used to thinking in garden rows and time tables, so I’m going to need to re-acquaint myself (and take good notes) on things like:
- The vegetable list. It’s pretty much required that you know what you want in the garden before you start…
- The time table for things to be planted. Hopefully this year we can have produce in all 3 seasons if I plan right!
- The number of seeds and sprouts I’ll need to buy for the garden based on what the average person eats.
- The carefully planned diagram of the garden which will show WHERE things go, with appropriate spots for vegetables that will stay for more than one season and those that need to be replaced. And, attention to spacing since that varies with each vegetable.
I have a lot to do. And, that’s just the planning! All of that should put me at actually tilling this garden mid-march or very early April. Although, I haven’t figured that out yet since only a few things are supposed to be planted mid march – and mostly everything else in April.
But, for now…here’s the list we’ve come up with. Our wish list, if you will:
-Mushrooms (although we’ll probably just hunt for these while we hike)
-Potatoes (to be grown in a couple of clean trash cans outside)
-Roma Tomatoes (for homemade spaghetti sauces and such)
And these fruits which will be grown separately: blackberries and strawberries
And, some herbs – which will go in pots this year, making it easier to bring them inside for the winter. Plus they’ll be pretty on the patio