Finally! It’s early April. The cool weather spring seedlings are doing nicely in their starter pots. And I finally finished planning this year’s large vegetable garden — this year with a keyhole style layout!. I have never used this vegetable garden design before so I’m really excited to see how it goes.
I have declared this year to be the year of the YUMMY! I am not growing anything that my husband and I don’t personally like. I tried to plan it so that (nature permitting) we should be eating plenty of tasty dinners and salads. There should even be some leftover veggies to share with friends.
The layout of this year’s garden plan is sort of a take on a modified keyhole garden. The small access paths (see above) should allow me to reach into every nook and cranny of the garden for weeding, watering and harvesting. As an added perk, this layout allows me to dig the garden over about a month — a little bit at a time. Because each bed — 18 of them in all — will be small enough to double dig by hand in a single short burst.
On the whole this design is not much of a space saver (although I guess it could be if I made the center path narrower), but it should make it much easier for me to plant continuously over the course of the growing season.
Crops planted on the left (south facing) get planted first. These are the plants that are able to tolerate frost. Lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, and spinach are fine without protection even when nights dip below the freezing point. Over the next few months I will gradually plant more and more beds as the weather warms up, ending with the heat loving plants like eggplants and squash.
As far as succession planting goes, I think I am going to keep it to a minimum, since the garden is so large. I don’t really think I am going to miss that third round of radishes come August when the tomatoes are plentiful. The only plants I am going to successively plant are lettuce, peas, spinach, carrots, and snap beans. Every three weeks or so I will plant one row of each.
So if this year’s garden is successful, it won’t be long before I can start planning some tasty dinner menus.
Eggplant parm.. delicious salsa…gourmet salads…savory stir fries…fresh pestos…decadent fried zucchini sticks….
Well, that’s my plan. What’s yours?
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