Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Garden planning

One of these days, Marcie and I will have a nice garden full of produce. I see all these amazing ideas on how you can make food look good in your yard. For instance, see the strawberry patch to the left. That little patch even with out flowers looks much better then just plain grass. You can do all kinds of things like this. We stuck a few herbs in our flower patch around our mailbox. We figured why not get some functional use out of that space. With all of these ideas, I'd like to have a full functioning garden with out making my yard look like a farm.

As far as what to plant, I found a great site that gives suggestions on how many of everything to plan to do this. Here is what they suggested for a family of four. Obviously you can alter this list based on your taste preference but its a good pointer on where to start.

Artichoke 1- 5 Plants Perennial if temp. remains above 20F
Asparagus 10'-40’ row Perennial. Don’t harvest for the first 2-3 years
Beans, bush 15’-40’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 14 day intervals
Beans, pole 8-20 Plants Provide trellis to grow on
Beets 10’-15' row Spring and Fall crops
Broccoli 5-10 Plants 2 plantings to extend harvest
Brussels Sprouts 5-10 Plants 2 plantings to extend harvest
Cabbage 5-10 Plants 2 plantings to extend harvest
Cantaloupe 4-6 Plants Require full sun
Carrots 8’-16’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 2-4 week intervals
Cauliflower 5-10 Plants 2 plantings to extend harvest
Celery 5-10 Plants Blanch stems for best flavor
Chard, Swiss 5-10 Plants Red, yellow or purple varieties will add color to garden
Corn 30’-60’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 14 day intervals
Cucumbers 6-10 Plants Grow on trellis
Eggplant 6-10 Plants Try new varieties
Garlic 10-20 Plants Garlic may help discourage insects in the surrounding area
Kale 5-10 Plants Very cold hardy
Kohlrabi 10’-20’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 14 day intervals
Lettuce, head 8-15 Plants Extend harvest time by planting at 2-4 week intervals
Lettuce, leaf 10’-20’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 2-4 week intervals
Onions 5’-10' Onion sets or plants may produce better than seeds
Peas 10’-30’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 14 day intervals
Pepper, sweet 4-8 Plants Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date
Potato 20’-40’ row Harvested potatoes require cool, dark storage
Pumpkin 2-4 Plants Plant away from other squash or pumpkin varieties
Radish 4’-6’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 14 day intervals
Rhubarb 2-4 Plants Perennial
Spinach 6’-12’ row Extend harvest time by planting at 2-4 week intervals
Squash, summer 4-8 Plants Plant away from other squash or pumpkin varieties
Squash, winter 4-8 Plants Plant away from other squash or pumpkin varieties
Tomato 5-10 Plants Indeterminate varieties need trellis or cages
Watermelon 4-6 Plants Plant the short season varieties for summer picnics

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