I had a good garden last year. Here are my goals for this year:
- Tomatoes – 24 plants (or more)
- Okra – 32 plants
- Potatoes – I’d like to plant enough to grow 100 pounds of potatoes
- Yellow Squash – 12 plants
- Zucchini Squash – 6 plants
- Sweet Peas – 6 packets of seeds (4 – 4 x 4 raised beds, seeds planted about 6 inches apart)
- Cucumbers – 12 plants
- Cabbage – 70 plants
- Bush Green Beans – 7 – 20 ft rows
- Kale – 15 plants
- Turnip or Rutabaga – 20 plants
- Eggplant – 6 plants
- Corn – 50 x 10 ft row
- Broccoli – 16 plants (spring) and 16 plants (fall)
- Lettuce – 16 plants (spring) and 16 plants (fall)
- Pumpkins – 2 plants
- Spaghetti Squash – 4 plants
- Winter Squash – 4 plants
- Cantaloupe – 4 plants
- Watermelon – 4 plants
- Peppers – (Bell, Pablano, Habenero, Banana) 15 – 20 plants
- Beets – 30 plants
- Sweet Potatoes – 5 plants
- Raddish and Carrots – 4 x 4 raised bed
Something I am working harder at this year, is succession planting. I was excited to find Seeds of Change seeds at Wal-Mart and discovered a sweet pea – Green Arrow Shell Peas – which are a bush type pea rather than a vining pea. In years past I have planted only vining sweet peas, but my vertical space is limited. Planting bush peas means I can plant more, hopefully enough to can and freeze some!
Also, I have yet to have luck with corn. However, this year, I am planning (hopefully) to plow up a nice plot in our front yard, despite the kids saying, “Mom! Do you know where we live???” – and plant the entire thing with corn, which, in the past, I have only planted a handful of corn seeds and none of them have done well.
These are some of the herbs I use the most and the ones I have had the most luck with in the past. I may try planting a few more exotic things like Stevia, Pennyroyal, and Soapwort. Aside from my outdoor herbs, I’d like to try some potted herbs in the kitchen window. I have not had much success with starting herbs from seeds, but the herbs I have planted from transplants into the garden have been coming back every year and the rosemary and oregano are still green, lush, and beautiful after our mild winter. Every year I had to them.
I also have had no luck with onions or garlic. I am sure I will try again. I just never seem to get large bulbs, which is disappointing when I pull them up for harvest. I need to do more research into how to grow them. Any suggestions?
And finally, I am attempting to grow a few fruits in addition to our young fruit trees. One thing I wish I could go back in time and do over again would be this: Plant an orchard that first spring when we bought our house nine years ago. Fruit trees take sooo long to produce a good crop. We have an apple tree or two, a peach tree, and a nectarine tree. My blueberry plants and fig trees have all died and we lost one of our peach trees last winter.
I have started Ground Cherry Seeds. I am wondering if this is a perennial? Also, wanting to try planting blueberry bushes again. In the fall last year we planted male and female kiwi plants and a Concord grape vine. I hope they come back to life this spring! I plant to try starting some kiwi from seed this spring, too. I have a currant bush that looks like it may have died. We’ll see. We cut out most of our blackberry bushes because they were taking over the back yard. I may try transplanting some of the stragglers that are bound to show up and train them on a line.
And I want to plant some more fruit trees. Along with a hedge of blueberry bushes, if we ever get around to it.