I pulled out a massive pile of seed envelopes today. They all came from Grandpa. Even at 80 he kept a garden. I'm spending the better part of this week planning my garden now. No more tossing seeds at some random dirt for this girl!
This year I have several goals for my garden:
- Use more space since I have it.
- Spend as little money as possible.
- Over plan so I know exactly what to do each week.
- Grow enough to serve several meals from my produce.
- Teach my son about gardening.
My first goal will be the easiest to accomplish. I have nearly half an acre which is considered a lot in the city. Even though I am planning a large garden I should have a bunch of extra space.
The second goal will be accomplished by not buying seeds, soil, or pots. Since I have "inherited" seeds their quality is unknown but the price is right. I will be using my own compost to mix with soil I have on hand and recycling plastic containers again for seed starting pots. The only price I anticipate at this time is water.
My OCD planning is in progress. Once I finish the calendar I will upload it along with my scribbles and notes. Don't expect my notes to be organized - they aren't. The calendar will be color coded and take into account room for sudden changes in my busy schedule. It will cover Frost Dates, Planting Days, Transplanting, and Harvesting Times along with big picture events I have to work around.
Last year I was able to eat chives and garlic greens for all my effort. I blame factors such as lack of light, almost zero planning, and horrible care as I was in the middle of moving. This year I have a greenhouse on my side and a large unshaded yard. I'm also not planning on moving so I should face fewer problems in general.
I want my son to learn about the life cycle at an early age. He will be two and a half this summer - the perfect age to play in the dirt with mom. I will take this as a chance to educate him on growing, tending to, harvesting, cooking and eating, as well as composting the waste back into useable material.
What I am growing, you ask? A lot. Here is the outdoor list:
~ Tomatoes: 4 Types
~ Lettuce: 5 Types
~ Spinach: 2 Types
~ Radishes: 3 Types
~ Squash: 2 Types
~ Onions: 2-3 Types
~ Swiss Chard
~ Sweet Peas
~ Grapes from Concord Seeds
~ Loofah Gourds
As for inside:
~ Rosemary (already rooting extra from a "live herb" container bought at the grocery store)
~ Sweet Basil
More details to come soon. I feel much more prepared this year. :)