Thursday, March 15, 2012
2012 Garden Plans
We have big plans for this little half acre of ours, big plans. We know that our soil is probably less than ideal and first year gardens aren't usually the most successful, but we have high hopes that it will produce enough for our meals throughout the summer with a little to spare and put away.
In the fall we tilled a vegetable garden space in the yard and this spring we will be adding at least one raised bed in our pool area for herbs and lettuce. What are we planting? Well,:
-Oxheart, Pruden's Purple, Trophy, and Amish Paste Tomatoes
-Black Cherry Tomatoes
-Green Arrow Peas
-Seed Savers Lettuce Mixture (Australian Yellowleaf, Pablo, Forellenschluss, Red Velvet, and others)
-Genovese Basil (this will be in the main garden instead of the herb garden because I plan on growing lots!)
-Dragon and St. Valery Carrots
-Purple Viking Potatoes
-Ailsa Craig Sweet Onions
-Copra Yellow Storage Onions
-German White Garlic (already planted)
-Slick Pik Summer Squash
-Black Beauty Zucchini
-Burgess Buttercup, Waltham Butternut, and Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash
-Calypso and Mayflower Dry Beans
-Provider and Empress Green Beans
-Tango Celery (an experiment)
-Calabrese Broccoli (an experiment)
-Two Inch Strawberry Popcorn (an experiment that will be grown in containers)
-Pride of Wisconsin Melon (an experiment that will be grown in containers
-Titan Sunflowers (these will grow along one of our property lines for a little added privacy)
The Herb Garden:
-Giant from Italy Parsley
-and I'm hoping to track down some Lemon Balm to add here too.
Phew, we're going to be busy. While it looks like a lot, many of the seeds we are sharing with my parents. So the variety is large but the quantity of each variety will be fairly small. We wanted to get a good grip on what varieties we really like and what will do well in our soil.
Have you planted any of the varities we're going to try? I'd love to hear your experience with them! Or is there a variety you love that we should add to our wish list for next year?