The big change is the large plot by the deck will be filled with trellises diagonally situated so they face south. The garden is located on a squarish piece of land where the corners of the square point toward the points of the compass. With the trellises diagonal to the square they will be facing straight south. In the past, the trellises would be at an angle to the sun and the phototropic nature of plants would pull the plants to the southern corner.
Also, this year the cabbages and cauliflowers are going in tunnels right from the get-go. Yeah, lets beat those cabbage worms.
Another big improvement this year is edging for the plots, in the past the dirt had a way of migrating onto the pavers, dirty.
It is February (and 25% off at the garden supply store) and time to get started on planning this year's Fran's Victory Garden. No new veggies this year, more variation in existing choices tho. This year's changes are strawberries in the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter
and a new orientation to the trellises. The plants that use trellises are very phototropic, move toward the sun, so, since the garden is laid out diagonal to the compass points and the orientation and size are constrained by the property the trellises will be set diagonally facing south in the plots. This will be great or a yuuge mistake. Here is the in progress plan of the 2016 Fran's Victory Garden.
At the garden supply store I bought two large pots to grow more herbs outside the kitchen door on the deck, a mess of peat starter pots and seeds. $64.33. This year's seed purchases are:
Tomato, pole, Moneymaker from Botanical Interests
Tomato, cherry, Sweetie from Botanical Interests
Cabbage, Copenhagen Market from Botanical Interests
Cauliflower, Early Snowfall from Botanical Interests
Pea, snap, Sugar Snap from Botanical Interests
Edamame, Butterbean from Botanical Interests
Beet, Early Wonder from Botanical Interests
Thyme, English from Botanical Interests, looked for Lemon Thyme as suggested by Wayne, no luck
Dill from Botanical Interests for a pot on the deck
Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut from Burpee
Sweet Pepper, Red Majesty Hybred from Burpee
Oregan from Burpee for on the deck
Garden Bean, pole, Kentucky Wonder from Burpee
Marigold, Happy Days Mix from Burpee
Cover crop, Crimson Clover from Botanical Interests. Rather than leaving an empty patch for the remaning season, I will plant this as cover.
Seeds are good for several years if stored properly, but, I usually only use new and last year's. I will use earlier year's seeds in spots where there is an early harvest or when I run out planting a larger patch than planned. Last year's seeds I will use are:
Pepper, Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper from the Seed plant
Pomodoro, plum tomato from Franchi, IT
Peperone, Corno Rosso di Toro from Franchi, IT
Cilantro, Slow-Bolt from Renee's Seeds
Italian Pesto Basil from Renee's Seeds
Italian Parsley, Gigante from Renee's Seeds
Eggplant, Black Beauty from Botanical Interests
Beet, Early Wonder from Botanical Interests
Tomato, pole, Red Siberian from Botanical Interests
Pepper, Sweet Banana from Livingston Seed
Squash, Zucchini Dark from Livingston Seed
Cucumber, Straight Eight from Livingston Seed
Radish from Burpee
In mid March I will get Strawberry starter roots from the garden store. They will be planted in the starter pots and then transplanted to the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter, an exciting new adventure in deck gardening.
1st Harvest this year, Radishes. Transplanted Bell, Hungarian, Corno Rosso, Banana and Anaheim peppers. Also transplanted cabbage, cauliflower, eggplants, cucumbers and cantaloupes. Next I will transplant the fennel, thin the beets and plant the edamame, pole beans and winter squash. The squash may be a bit early, but with the growing season getting shorter here at the dawn of a new Ice Age have to start early. This last bit of planting will complete the spring planting. ...continue reading →
Now that I am retired, I am spending more time gardening, rainy days on the web. Perhaps I started too early this year.
On 3/16 I started Corno Roso peppers, Pomodor Marzano Plum Toms, Beef Steak Toms, Lettuce, Eggplant, Hungarian, Bell and Anaheim peppers, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Marigolds in trays in the greenhouse. The next week was cold and dark. No luck, I reseeded again on 4/3, too soon to say now. The other day, 4/6, another three trays. Cucumber, Cantaloupe, Peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Marigolds and a bunch of Fennel. I like Fennel.
I have been iffy on whether or not to enlarge the garden. I could finish the hardscape I started years ago, or, take over more of the back yard. Yes, playing with bricks in the dirt is always great fun, but, I saw this article, Western drought spells killer grocery bills. Since I am a closet prepper there is no choice. Start planning.