Plans for our little farm are complete! I can smell the dirt already (even though it is still buried with a foot of snow) and I’m so excited!
Here is what we’ll be growing this year:
We settled on buying all of our seeds from Seed Savers Exchange. This is a good option for a non-GMO, non-Monsanto supporting company. All heirloom and/or organic seeds. I love their mission of saving and sharing heirloom seeds. What’s the difference and why does it matter? Check out Food Renegade’s post on Hybrid Seeds vs. GMO.
Our total seed order was $37.00. I guarantee the amount of kale alone will more than pay for the cost of the seeds.
This weekend we’ll start some seeds inside for transplanting for an early harvest: chard, kale, cucumbers, broccoli, pie pumpkin, red and yellow onion, and leeks. My transplants last year were not successful, but I am hoping with my husband’s worm compost they will have a better shot of working out this year.
I started a pretty fancy (nerdy) spreadsheet with our seed planting schedule. A lot of stuff you can succession plant so you have a continuous harvest throughout the growing season. Scallions, arugula and lettuce, for example. I’m pretty pumped about fresh arugula from the garden (even at the farmers’ market it was $5 a bag, yikes!).
Speaking of the farmers’ market…this year I thought about what we would buy from the market vs. grow in our yard. Last year we tried green beans, but had to mow it down because of the Mexican Bean Beatles, luckily the farmers’ market had plenty! Last year the zucchini plant did not produce, so we’re just doing one. Plus I know the farmers’ market will have plenty if our plant doesn’t work out.
Every year it is an experiment and we’ll always find we still need the farmers at the market. At least for now, while we’re still learning to garden and getting better every year. Regardless, growing our own food definitely saves us money on our produce. Not to mention it is the freshest it could possibly be.
In terms of organizing our garden plans, I’ve used Sproutbot in the past and there are a few garden planning applications you can pay for that look useful like GrowVeg, but I’d rather try a free version I created first.
Anyway, just wanted to throw this out there. I actually had more to say than I thought I did. More garden updates to come!