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. :)