have a garden last year. Because of
that, I feel like I need to come up with a plan for 2016. I had wanted to start seeds indoors, but
that hasn’t happened. That leaves me
with starting some seeds in the ground, and buying some seedlings from the
green house and from the farmers’ market.
and pumpkins, because they store so well, but they also take up an enormous
amount of space in the garden. I
remember a few years ago planting sugar pie pumpkins, and they spread
everywhere – and I only had 2 plants!
vegetables, but if no one is eating them, it is a waste of time and money, and
more importantly space.
have the largest space. I need to choose
what I plant carefully to maximize the space I have, while still growing what
we like to eat.
space. Currently I have 9 4×4 garden
beds. I love the square foot gardening
method because it seems like you get so much more food. Plus, it isn’t as daunting to weed (at least
until August when I completely give up the weeding).
definitely the earthbox. It is a
self-watering container, keeps out weeds, keeps the soil warm because it has a
covering, and I have always had amazing success with them. I have three right now, but would like to add
another this year.
vegetables that don’t do as well in our short growing season. Mainly jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers, and
some tomato varieties.
I start to make my list of what I want to grow.
garden planning, and then the planting and maintenance of the garden, they end
up eating everything we grow, and that is a good thing in my book.
grow, and they give me a list. Then I
will add to the list from my own knowledge of what we will eat. Once I have that *very long* list, it is time
to start writing out where I can put everything.
I always end up with a list of plants to grow which would be perfect for
a large farm, and since I do not have a large farm…or a farm at all…I need to
pare down the list.
big reasons I love square foot gardening, because it is easy to lay out what
goes where – and then fill in the spots with the plants. I also list out which pots I have, how big
they are, and what plants will be going in each of them.
my list for how many seedlings we need, what seeds I need to buy, and then how
much more space out of our yard I can convince my husband to dig up for me so
that we can expand our garden just a bit more.
that. I typically still end up with more
seedlings than I have room for – which is why I do end up expanding the garden
just a bit every year, but it is worth it to me for all of the fresh vegetables
to try your hand at growing something, you could try herbs. If you have a sunny patio or deck space, try
you can plant more than one variety of plant in the box, and provide quite a
bit of fruit for very minimal labor.
your summer garden? Do you try something
new every year? If you don’t garden,
what is your favorite vegetable?