Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Garden Plans 2012

 Taking a little tea-and-brownie and seed-catalog-shopping break

This year, we are expanding our garden even more! We are in the process of making a new garden bed, which brings our total to... seven beds for annual vegetables and five main planting areas for perennials. Certainly, it will involve more maintenance than ever before, but we are up for the challenge. Though we have purchased a CSA in years past, this year we'll be a little mini-farm and hope that a good proportion of our fruits and veggies will come from our own land. It has been a strangely dry, warm winter thus far, so I'm sure that we will have some unusual weather to reckon with. Accordingly, we'll be planting a wide variety of crops, so that all is not lost if we have a late freeze or cool summer.

In case you're curious, here's a list of everything we will be planting this year (I'll probably be ordering most of my seeds from the Abundant Life Seed Company):
Broccoli, beets, green beans, red cabbage, carrots, lemon cucumbers, wild arugula, tah tsai mustard greens, purslane, spring & winter greens, scallions, snow peas, hulless pumpkin, radishes, summer squash, delicata squash, turnips, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms (variety to be determined) and... watermelon! (We found a variety that supposedly does well in cooler climates. We'll see how it goes, but I'm excited to try!)

We'll be planting lots of perennials this year (using the excellent book Gaia's Garden as a guide), including:
Pear tree, fig tree (maybe), goumi berry bushes, Chilean guava berry bush, evergreen huckleberry bushes, wintergreen and alpine strawberry (as groundcover), and possibly a couple hardy kiwi plants. 

And here are some other edibles that we will also grow (which we have either saved seed for, or are perennial):
Asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, multiplier onions, nodding onions, cilantro, sage, rosemary, parsley, lemon balm, oregano, thyme (2 varieties), lavender, mint, chives, garlic chives, fennel, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, Rainier cherries, apples, sorrel, perennial chard, oca, sunchokes, edamame, and fava beans.

Some of these were only planted last year, so will give a small harvest. But, after listing everything out, I'd say that we are well on our way to building a productive "food forest" right in our yard!

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