Garden Planning 2012

Our garden is tilled! Sometimes I feel like such a nerd getting so excited about our garden, but I love it!

This is actually a shot of our garden plot from last summer, but we’re going to have at least the same size garden, if not bigger.

We haven’t bought seeds yet, but the plans are to plant:

  • radishes
  • carrots
  • lettuces – butter and romaine
  • peas
  • green beans
  • corn
  • tomatoes – romas, some big red variety for canning, german pinks and cherokee purples
  • zucchini / squash
  • and maybe a few more things.

I’d love to plant some winter squash (butternut, spaghetti), but I’m not sure if we’re going to try those this year or not.

On top of the garden space, we may get a few strawberries from our beds, I’m hoping for a couple bowl fulls of raspberries, and the figs will be taking over my life again come July / August / September.

We will definitely NOT be planting 4 rows of green  beans this year.

But…we might do 3. They were overwhelming for a few weeks, but it sure has been nice to have jars of green beans in the basement all winter and frozen bags for quick dinners. And I’ve still got plenty to get us through until we have fresh from the garden again.

Last year, we went a bit crazy with tomatoes.

25 plants, probably 10 different kinds.

The amount of tomatoes was fine, but I ended up not having enough of the kinds I wanted to really be able to can sauce and crushed tomatoes for the winter.

So we’re going to only plant 4 different kinds this year: romas (for slow roasting and canning), some red variety that’s good for canning, German Pinks (Nick’s favorite), and Cherokee Purple (my favorite).

I’ve had a few people email to ask where we get our seeds / plants, and last year, I was really happy with what we had.

We planted everything from seed except our berry bushes/plants and our tomatoes. The berry plants/bushes (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) came from Burpee and all our tomato plants were non-hybrid / heirloom and came from a greenhouse just around the corner from our house.

We typically buy Burpee or Seed Savers Exchange seeds because they do not collect, buy or sell GMO seeds. We also buy heirloom (non-hybrid) options for all our plants because 1. I like the varieties better and 2. I think the heirloom options are tastier. Both of these companies also sell gorgeous flower seeds if you’re looking to spruce up your flower beds.

What are you planting this year?

8 comments

  1. Yay gardening! We started our seeds this weekend + are almost finished with our cold frames. So excited for the harvest!

  2. Awesome! I love seeing other bloggers posting about their garden or starting plants this time of year :D I’m so excited to get started! We always plant carrots, radishes, tomatoes, peas, greens(spinach, kale, lettuce, etc), winter squash and some summer squash. We also have strawberry plants but they don’t always do so well, we didn’t put them in the best place :( I don’t know what we’ll experiment with yet, but I can’t wait for warmer weather to get started!

  3. Oh seeing what your planning to plant this year really makes me wish I was planning a garden. I’m such a horrible gardener and figured with our little guy due in may I wouldn’t have much time to commit to it. Instead I signed up for our first CSA im super excited about. I’ll just live my gardening dreams through you this year :)

  4. im so jealous!! what a stunning garden. and it’s going to be bigger this year!? so exciting!

  5. I am planning on planting zucchini and some tomatoes because I actually want stuff to grow :-/ I keep planting things like melon or lettuce and nothing ever grows. And I get sad! So this year I’m hoping I’ll get something

  6. so I should plan a trip down there in August to help eat those figs? and play with the pup? oh, and help with the rest of the garden :)

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