Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ambitious Garden Plans

One of the reasons we really wanted a house was so that we could have a garden. This year will be our first spring time in the house, and we have ambitious plans. How ambitious? Well, here's the plan:

The garden will be 25x25 feet, and each square in the map above is one square foot. If you can't read the text on that, here's the key: 

The two pepper entries are for Bell peppers and hot peppers (banana and jalapeno peppers). Squash will come in the summer,acorn, zucchini and spaghetti varieties. We're planning on 9 types of tomatoes (for cherry tomatoes, sandwiches, stewed, and sauce).

Around the slower growing things like pumpkins, squash and cucumbers we'll plant some faster veggies like radishes and lettuce. 

Along the fences on the sides of the yard we will plan raspberries and grapes, and the front yard will get strawberries along side the driveway, and blueberries in the planters in front of the house. The blueberries, raspberries and  grapes (and apple trees we planted last fall) won't bear fruit this year, but we want to get them in so they can start growing.

We'll be eating as much as we can from the garden this summer, but we're planning on lots of canning this fall.


We had a pretty good garden in Utah back in 2008 and we both grew up with gardens, so we're not completely new to this.

In Utah we learned about how much we like  homemade spaghetti sauce and pickles (well, --I-- like them.). We also learned that a whole row of squash is more than we can eat; the fact that it was just summer squash and not a variety didn't help any. 

Wish us luck!



ThePalmers said...

Just thought I'd leave a comment because I thought it was cool that you posted this only one minute ago.


Abbeyfan said...

Michael has WAY too much time on his hands. Not just to plant a garden like that ... but to PLAN it like that.

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

You guys are crazy. Especially Michael. Nice plan!

Amber said...

Holy large garden guys. You are amazing and I can't wait to be jealous of you all summer as you eat the fruits of your labors. I'm hoping to get maybe a 4x8 garden this year.
I wish green thumbs upon you!

Elizabeth said...

You guys know how we feel about this...

Way to get started on practicing for our compound!

Seriously though, you guys are living the dream, and we're jealous.

Kelly said...

I may be showing up at your house periodically all summer and fall. Especially if you have berries. Just sayin'.

ThePalmers said...

I am beyond excited for you guys. Please keep us updated with pictures!


Janelle Dobson said...

I am so green with envy. I dream of having a garden, yes, even the weeding part. Good luck with all of that!