Sunday, January 8, 2012

Garden Plans


Though the garden does not look like this now, I have found a photo of the beds when planted- but not in full swing- to be the most helpful when planning for the next season's layout.  This photo was taken in May of last year before things became unruly, and I can tell for the most part what is growing where, and how much space it was allowed.  This is my mock up for this year's plotting:


Some changes are happening this year.  First, we invested in a CSA (full share).  Second, due to this share we are adding more fruit to the garden since that will be the one thing that won't be included in our weekly bounty.  The devastation caused by hungry rodents late last summer and through the fall is the main reason for the CSA.  I want back-up if my garden gets mowed again.  The other reason is that my kids and I just plain love the produce this farm puts out, and we certainly could use more veggies in our lives.  The farmer is very focused on nutrient density, and you can taste the difference.  This takes some pressure off my garden, and we can have fun trying some new veggie varieties and focus on increasing fruit production.......coming our way are 10 more lowbush blueberries, seascape strawberries, and another Liberty Apple on Bud 9 in the event we lose the tree that was just damaged by rodents.  I really hope our poor tree makes it.   It has a few years under it's belt, and starting from scratch would mean we lose fruit from it, and likely from it's apple buddy E. Spitzenburg as they bloom together for pollination.

I fell in love with the greens mixes from Renee's Garden last year, and so I went a bit overboard and decided to try doing just about the whole garden from her seed catalog.  I am hanging on to a few favorites from the past like Sungold & Ella's Pink Plum Tomatoes, Carmen Peppers, and Bright Lights Chard.  But other than that the garden will be full of new and unusual varieties of peppers, squash, greens, and cukes.  Fun, right?

Seed list and micro-green set-up coming soon.  :)

HAPPY GARDENING!

8 comments:

Veggie PAK said...

That is a beautiful garden!

Sue said...

What fun that's going to be experimenting with new varieties. And better yet-the pressure is off if it doesn't pan out--you have your CSA to fall back on.
Smart gal!

GrafixMuse said...

Ah, so nice to see such green in the photo of your garden from last May. Beautiful!

It sounds like you will have a lot of fun with your garden this year.

Erin said...

I always love looking at your garden! I may try Renee's Garden this year, I've been meaning to, but I had plenty of seeds last year but I think it's time for refreshing the supply :)

Jenny said...

Love your garden! we also have wild-life problems with deer and groundhog keep trying to eat everything I grow. My hubby lined the bottom of the entire garden with dense chicken wire and linked it to 6' fencing all around the garden. It doesn't stop squirel and moles but it does help. We also have a water repelant for more stubborn animals and I've actually considered getting electric fencing from roddents.

Jamie Keifer said...

I love how you designed your garden plot. Those greens will surely look so lush once all the seeds begin to sprout. Yes, fruit-bearing plants are a great addition to your garden.

Jeremy Beauregard said...

How about now? It would be great if you were able to recreate your inspiration, Kelly. The design is obviously organized. And though not very spacious, the space was maximized. I can see variety from here, though, a garden with different kinds of plants is harder to keep. Just be familiar with the right care for each. :]

Shona Martinez said...

I really find it cool and funny at the same time, because like you, I seriously made a plan for my garden too. It really helped me to visualize the type of garden that I want. Now, I’m really happy because we’ve been able to accomplish the actual plan that I designed. ;D