A little over a week ago, I started my first seeds of the year! How I love to be able to anticipate spring even with winter swirling about my door!! Cost savings aside, it is my favorite part of starting my own seeds! A sure-fire cure for Seasonal Affect Disorder were you to suffer from it!
This year, we’re making some big changes to our garden. We only have 2 1/2 acres of land to work with here (a small portion wooded, another portion swampy, and another fenced in so that I can allow the children up front without worrying about the busy road we live on) so we have to make the most efficient use of what we have. Our plans for this summer include raising a small barn and pasturing in an acre of the land to contain the chickens (both laying and meat) so they quit visiting us and leaving little unwelcome presents on the deck, porch, and driveway and also for a family milk cow. That pasture will run straight through the garden so I’ll have to move most of the garden to a new location. We’ll also be starting our first herb garden and (oh I’m so excited about this!!) sowing ten pounds of organic hard red seed wheat to grind for making bread!! I know it won’t take us far, but if the experience gives us a greater understanding of the Bible and the multitudinous references to wheat and reaping and sowing in it, it will be well worth the effort!
There will be two garden sections. Half of the old one will remain and on it will grow the taller, messier looking produce. The new section will be raised beds (which I’ll share my plans for later) and will hold all of the rest. We’re going to repurpose some black fabric mulch/row cover that I’ll sew into sacks to grow potatoes instead of hilling them up in the ground.
This year I’ve primarily purchased heirloom seeds for I’d like to begin saving my own seeds for use starting next spring!
Our 2010 Vegetable Garden:
(For the starting dates, bear in mind that I live in zone 5 with a last frost date of 5/24)
Beans– Blue Lake Pole
Broccoli– Green Sprouting
Cabbage– Early Jersey Wakefield
Corn– Bon Appetit (not heirloom, but we loved it last year and couldn’t bring ourselves to switch)
This is for fresh corn-on-the-cob eating. For preservation, we’ll be going in with some relatives and planting a large patch on other property. We did this last year, thanks to an ordering mistake they made. They had so much corn leftover, they shared it with us. So far it has been enough to last us for five months and I still have more! The best part about this was getting together with several ladies of the family for a couple days and preserving it! It felt like such old-fashioned fun!! Some day I hope that my grand daughters will join me in my kitchen to preserve the bountiful harvest the Lord has blessed us with!
Cucumber– Straight Eight Slicing
Lettuce– Parris White Cos Romaine
2/6 (indoors)- DONE
95% Germination rate (so far) for 201 seedlings
Peas– Lincoln Shell
Peppers– Paprika Alma
(I like to throw something fun and new in for the children every year. This is my choice for this year.)
Potatoes– Red Pontiac
Pumpkins– Small Sugar
Summer Squash– Early Straightneck Prolific Summer Yellow
I intend to update the information on this page as I go through the year as an incentive to keep accurate records.
Because I’ve never purchased heirloom seeds before, most of these are new varieties for us this year. Has anyone have any experience with any of them that they can share while it’s not to late to change my plans?
Also, I’m intending to start my own sweet potato slips this year and have been unable to find any information regarding how long it takes from start to planting. If anyone has tried this before please share lest I have to make a guinea pig of myself 🙂
And one final question… What are you planning to grow this year?