We seem to be truly out of winter now. Well, to start out we didn’t really have much of a winter this year, to begin with. It seems that we just had a cool period around these parts. I think we had one or two legitimately cold snaps, but not so much with true winter. In fact, I just had to pull the kale that I planted in October out to make room to plant other seeds. We have moved past our average last frost and we have even hit the folk wisdom of “Don’t plant until after Good Friday”.
So with all of that just what did we plant? Well before we get there let’s take a few minutes to think about the garden as it existed last year and as it is now. Last year it was about half the size, had a rather poor fence about it and the gate was just an area that you could pull back the fence some. In the past year, I have gone through and put up a better fence, put down wood chips in the walkways and built and filled more beds. This will mean more than doubling my growing space as well making it simpler to get into certain parts of the garden.
Additionally, I had a bit more time to plan and lay out this garden. Last year it was more of move in, assemble beds, throw seeds at them and see what happened. This year I was able to do some planning laying things out over winter. I feel that it has given me a much more prepared approach to getting things in the ground this year.
I was able to make an attempt at starting seeds this year, but it didn’t seem to work out so well. I ended up with one of those plastic sheeting over metal shelves greenhouse/seed starter. I was waiting since overnight we were hitting temps of low 30’s and upper 20’s. This pushed me back a touch later than I planned, but I didn’t want to freeze the little plants out. Well once I started I hit a cold snap that might have been the death knell for my little seedlings. (As a point this snap caught my grape vines and I don’t think they will be bouncing back.)
For next year I’d love to look into a system like MegaGrow Indoor Seed Starter Plus. Something along those lines could let me start a bit earlier and not worry about freezing my plants. But that is next year. Back to this year. So there is still some garlic in various plots in the garden and once that comes up I’ll have some other things to put in. Some of those were going to be salad greens, but they moved (more on that later). Others are in beds that will eventually hold pumpkins and watermelons, but I just now started those seeds up.
May I present the list of what I presently have growing in my garden:
- Onions (Yellow and White)
Potatoes (Blue and White)
- Peppers (Bell and Sweet)
- Squash (Acorn, Pilgrim, Gold, Sunburst, Zucchini)
- Mint (Chocolate, Spearmint, Peppermint)
I still need to plant:
I’ve moved all of my salad greens to lifted raised beds that I’m building in the back paddock. This will end up being closer to the kitchen so that when it comes time for a salad it will be simpler to go out and collect some up. I have space to put in a number of them, so I think that I’ll end up building some for various herbs as well.
That’s my garden plans for the year, but what about you? What are you looking to grow this year? Leave a comment and let me know.