Since we are moving in May, that limits us on growing a few things this year. We are not able to give the cooler weather vegetables a chance to grow before it gets too warm for them. This means no peas or onions, but we are going to still give potatoes and lettuce a try. We are going to grow varieties of lettuce that are resistant to bolting, which means “going to seed” and developing a bitterness due to heat. We will also plant the lettuce in the shade of other vegetables. And for the potatoes, we are just gonna give it a try! I will take a stab at growing scallions, so at least I will have one type of onion. And for the love of garlic (homegrown garlic is amazing and worth giving a try) I will have to wait until this fall to plant it.
I will have to wait until we move to see what transplants I can get my hands on. Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant should be easy to find, but vegetables like Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cabbage can sometimes be hard to locate since they are not as popular for some gardeners.
I have also decided on what seeds to order for direct sowing into the garden. Direct sow just means that as soon as the soil is ready I can plant the seeds directly into the soil. This is one of the easiest ways to grow vegetables. It allows the plants to establish themselves right where they are going to spend their entire life cycle. They will never experience transplant shock, or set backs to water differences, temperature changes (hardening off), soil temperatures, etc. This gives them a stronger and faster chance to develop and grow into an adult plant. Stronger plants also have less pest and disease problems too!
Here is the seed list for this year:
Bush Beans- Bumble Bee (dry bean), Hutterite Soup (dry bean), Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg (dry bean), Tiger’s Eye (dry bean), Empress (fresh-green), Red Swan (fresh-purple) and Roc D’Or (fresh-yellow)
Beets- Bull’s Blood, Chioggia, Cylindra and Burpee’s Golden
Carrots- Paris Market and Danvers
Cucumbers- Bushy, Parisian Pickling, Double Yield and True Lemon
Letuce: Gold Rush (green looseleaf), Mascara (red looseleaf), Bronze Arrowhead (red/green looseleaf), Red Leprechaun (red romaine), Forellenschuss (red/green romaine) and Tennis Ball (green butterhead)
Kale- Red Russian and Redbor
Melons- Charantais, Eden’s Gem and Ha ‘Ogen
Potatoes- La Ratte (fingerling) and Desiree (red-skinned)
Scallions- Deep Purple
Swiss Chard- Five Color Silverbeet
Summer Squash- Magda and Round de Nice
Radish- Cincinnati Market
We will also be planting a rainbow of sunflowers, nasturtiums, poppies and violets. Herbs will be transplanted and seeds throughout the entire garden. Once all plants have been purchased an entire list for the garden will be posted. I also hope to keep track of the cost of installing this garden and how I can make the most of it year round for my family’s needs.
One last exciting tid bit. My friend is trying to secure me a plot in her neighborhood community garden! My plans in this garden are to plant a Three Sisters Garden complete with Corn, Pole Beans and Winter Squash.
Corn- Painted Hill (sweet eating variety)
Pole Beans- Gold of Bacau (fresh-yellow), Ideal Market (fresh-green), Sultan’s Golden Crescent (fresh-yellow), Hidatsa Shield Figure (dry bean), Speckled Cranberry (dry bean) and Good Mother Stallard (dry bean)
Winter Squash- Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck