I believe this is the last picture I have of my garden - on it's 'last days'. Some might be on my old phone, but that has since been replaced, so we will say 'this' is the last day ;) Things are already dying / dead in this picture - the Kale held on until the end. I actually just ended up pulling it out even though it wasn't dead, because we were so sick of eating it.
I know I cleaned up later when the leaves had turned - as I took this photo of Chewie (maybe only 8-10 weeks old) playing the in leaves as I cleaned up. But we just got a puppy - so camera focus was on him, not all the crunchy, dead garden plants. He's so cute, I feel anyone else would have done the same ;) It was October 25th when I cleaned everything up.
And another, because I just can't resist. I was fortunate to have a tree right beside to attach him to, so I know he wouldn't just run away while I was working away.
Last year I grew the basics, not knowing how things would go and wanting to ensure a successful year. Some things I didn't grow thinking we wouldn't want to eat them, and then really wanted them later when it was too late.
Last year's grow list:
- Tomatoes - regular, cherry and roma
- Pickling Cucumbers
- Various lettuce
- Peppers - green, mini and chili
New seeds ordered this year:
- Radishes - normal and 'watermelon'
- Yellow Wax Hot Pepper
- Jalapeno pepper
- Purple beauty pepper
- Peas - sugar snap and purple mist (purple pods)
- Beets - an assorted blend pack (red, yellow, ringed, ect)
- Rainbow blend carrots - hello purple and red carrots?! :)
- Spinach - with all the kale, we started to miss spinach, and found ourselves buying it
- Beans - pole and runner beans
- Old german tomatoes - I wanted to try a 'special' tomato, alongside the regulars. This red - yellow stripped one looked so pretty.
- Ground Cherry - easy to grow fruit? Yes please!
- Cucumber - regular sized
- Bok Choi
We (uhm, I) are planning to use some of the flower beds for vegetables this year too -some of the leafy / pretty ones, such as the kale. So, even though it seems like a large list, items will be spread out a lot more this year.
I ordered most from West Coast Seeds and the remaining from Vesey's seeds. Many of the previous plants I have seeds left, so I will just be using those up.
I can't wait for them to arrive, but until then there is still more planning. I am trying to work out the location of everything this year in the garden. Optimize the best I can. Trying to utilize some basic crop rotation to best optimize the soil. As well, seeing what flower beds are going to need a 'boost' in soil to accommodate some plants, and which plants won't even care. The square-foot gardening technique worked very well in my garden boxes. Things look super crowded, but everything flourished beautifully.
|All this planning requires so much coffee and tea...|