This year I was so lucky that Jason and I’s friend Mike offered us a huge amount of space in his huge backyard for a garden. You see he wants to garden and has a yard, but has never really gardened before. I have gardened before – pretty much my whole life except for the last 3 years – and want to so badly! So he tilled up a 20 X 24 foot plot and is letting me do whatever I want to in it. All he asks is that there are lots of green beans, potatoes, carrots, and onions – easy! I want all those things too!
After an average of 4 hour a day for the last 3 days (saturday, sunday and today) I finally have everything all set and planted. Just some twice a week weeding, daily watering, and more seeds in 3 weeks so we can get some staggered harvests.
So what did I plant? it’s a long list.
Lettuce – four seasons
Lettuce Romaine Cos
Lettuce Salad Bowl Red
Lettuce Blackseeded Simpson
Lettuce Romaine Cimmaron
Swiss Chard Golden
Swiss Chard Magenta
Endive Broadleaf Batavia
Mustard Red Giant
(all the the above were in a great huge packet labeled Sassy Salad Mesclun)
I already kicked a bird out of the salad patch – he was eating up all my seeds! B@#%ARD!
Tomatoes – beefsteak, large red cherry, celebrity, and rutgers select
California Wonder Orange
Sugar Snap Peas
Carrots – danvers half long, little fingers, danneens
Table Queen Squash
Small Sweet Pumpkin
Black Beauty Zucchini
Black Diamond Watermelon
Beet – Detroit Dark Red
Peas – Early Frost
Green Pole Beans
Onions – yellow and white
Potatoes – red, russet, sweet potatoes, and some other potato I can’t remember the name of
Four O Clocks
Black Eyed Susan Vine
California Orange Poppy
Grandmother’s Cut Flower Garden (seed mix from botanical interests)
The flowers are mostly borders or fit in with the herb patches. I had a lot of really old seeds from 4+ years ago that I just spread around. So even though the list of flowers looks long, I’m expecting most of them will not be showing their pretty heads around the garden this year.
Today I did the final planting and built a compost bin. When I got home I did my frist test run of canning. The way I figure it I want to have everything all square and figured out by the time I start getting huge yeilds of tomatoes and basil (I planted so much basil so I could make a ton of pesto and can it for the winter). I’m going to do another test run of canning tomorrow and I’ll take pictures so I can post them and some general instructions and links to canning veggies.
Oh you can see how I built my compost bin on Craft Leftovers – like how I built up the pile and also how I made this “open” pile into a dog safe pile.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about canning. I can’t wait to try my hand at strawberry jam – yum yum yum!