Monday, March 30, 2015

Springtime Garden Plans

Well, it's allegedly spring here in New England, even though it's snowing as I type this up. It hasn't been a normal winter.

I started my broccoli, lettuce, leeks, peppers and tomatoes a few weeks ago, in anticipation of being able to have them out in the greenhouse by now. I also directly put some hardier seeds out in the greenhouse to germinate, but they have failed.

My plants are getting a little big in their designated seedling grow spot, so I'm going to have to think something out before long if this weather doesn't give.

Now that the soil is softening and defrosting, we're planning out our plots for our garden. The chickens will be getting penned in this year, as we don't want or need chicken poop and chicken attacks on plants all over the back yard.

We're hoping to have a wide assortment of plants this year, with an almost-double garden area. Here's what we've got on tap:

  • Several varieties of peppers
  • Several varieties of tomatoes
  • Several varieties of lettuces
  • Broccoli
  • Silver queen corn
  • Leeks
  • Eggplant
  • Boston pickling cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Possibly sweet potatoes
  • Garlic 
  • Spinach
  • Several varieties of beans
  • Several varieties of onions
  • The standard mix of herbs
  • Lupine
  • Morning Glories 
That's actually not too much on paper, but there's quite a bit of space being given to them. We're hoping to have enough to keep us in produce for the summer and have enough left to put up for the winter months, particularly in tomatoes.

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