I’ve held off posting about the garden until February.
Yes, today is the very first day of February. But I held off.
You see, I’ve been thinking about this garden since before the end of last season.
You’re impressed with my restraint, aren’t you?
You know who’s not impressed or excited? Baxter. Dude does not share my enthusiasm for the garden at all. In fact, he drooled on my garden plan as I was writing this post.
But never mind him. I will carry on.
There are a few things feeding my obsession:
- I’ve wanted a garden ever since we moved to the farm and last year it finally happened.
- It turned out the garden was a project that both Matt and I enjoyed. Sometimes our projects tend to belong more to one of us, so it was nice to have something we were both invested in.
- The garden worked! We had so much food. It was amazing.
- There’s so much potential. Translation: So much more to do.
You saw some of my to-do list in my Home Goals 2016 post. Today I want to focus less on what has to be done and more on what could be done.
As in, what could be grown.
Here’s my initial idea for the upcoming season (minus the drool).
The big news for this year is that we’re using the whole garden. Last year, we only cleared half.
So that means we can plant more of certain things (potatoes, beans) and more new things (broccoli, watermelon, eggplant, asparagus, sunflowers). You’ll see there are still a few blanks in the plan above. I’m open to suggestions.
I also feel like this is the year to sort out the best layout. I’m still wrapping my head around gardening in the round. The layout of two central axes crossing at right angles, and then shorter rows running perpendicularly (does that description make any sense?) is something I started last year. I found it’s a helpful way to divide this huge garden into manageable sections.
A couple of points to keep in mind:
- The raspberries, squash and tomatoes are all going to be on trellises, so think vertical when you envision those.
- The perimeter plantings are going to be in slightly raised beds. The rest of the garden is all at ground level.
- The bottom left corner can be a wee bit shady late in the day.
As always, though, I would appreciate your input.
What plants would you suggest? How would you lay things out? What summer projects are you planning? What are you going to grow in your garden this year?