Saturday, April 7, 2012

Garden Plans

Our dirt was delivered yesterday. :)  A great big pile of composty organic goodness.  It takes a certain kinda person to get excited about dirt. Haha!  But it's going to be a lot of work getting it from point A (the spot where it was dumped because our yard is too soft still so the truck wouldn't drive to the beds) to point B (the beds).  More pics on that later hopefully.  :)

But for now, I wanted to share my grand plan for the garden layout.  Let me just start this by saying - I really have no idea what I'm doing.  I've done (and am still doing) a bunch of research, trying to learn about each kind of plant and its needs and spacing and stuff like that.  But I'm so open to suggestion and tips - so bring 'em on!! :)

Here's what I whipped up the other day:

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And here's a close up of my handy dandy little veggie key: (remember in school when you'd have to do assignments making maps or graphs or something and you had to make a key and color code everything and put all the little details in?  I loved those assignments.) :)

Sadly, you see "sweet potatoes" have been crossed off my list. :(  I don't think Michigan is an ideal place for growing sweet potatoes.  As much as I friggin love them.  From what I'm reading online, they need a long, warm growing season - which we don't really have.  I'm gonna talk to a few actual people though - at the greenhouses and such - and see what their experience is with them.  Maybe I can still do them.  We'll see.

That big blank space in the back on the right is still open.  Jon thinks we should just plant more tomatoes.  I kinda agree.  We eat the crap out of tomatoes in the summer.  And I really want to learn to can this year - so tomatoes would be a good (easy!) option for that last space.

I'm so excited about all of this.  Pretty soon, I'll get to show you this!!:

Ok, maybe not quite.  After all this prep and time and $$$, I'm just hoping I don't mess the whole thing up.  Haha!  A couple months of solid, healthy veggie production...heck, how 'bout just not killing all my plants before they produce....that's all I'm hoping for.  :)  I think I can do it.

What about you?  How does your garden grow?  Are you planning it out yet?


Celtic Cat said...

Nothing more relaxing than working in the garden.

Good Luck with moving that dirt and with a great garden at the end of summer.

Cassandra of Pooknflip said...

Or backbreaking. ;) Haha! I can't wait to start the actual planting and harvesting part. That will be the therapeutic part for sure. I'm so excited!! Thank you!

Rich said...

and you have to get blood meal to keep the deer away and a scare crow or owl to keep the birds away etc etc
and if you plant a couple of orange marigolds that'll most of the bugs away