Friday, November 30, 2007
A New Beginning
What you see here is my new raised beds in my veggie patch. There are 10 4x8 beds, and some extra room at the back where Dad and I are considering putting some raspberry and blackberry canes. I would like access to the berries without having to brave the deer flies, but don't know how practical it is to be growing them. I am afraid we will need more plants than we have room for to get a decent harvest. We'll see.
The paths in between the beds will be covered with a thick layer of grass clippings, and then topped with the salvaged carpet I got while dumpster diving last summer (living by a home decorating center has it's perks!). This past summer I tried the carpet with and without the grass clippings underneath, and found that the grass added an extra layer of weed protection. Since grass clippings are easy to come by, I will be doing all the paths this way come spring.
So I have 320 square feet to plant come spring. I have requested seed catalogs from every seed company I could find, and am already planning what will go where. I am excited to see how much I can actually produce in this limited space. There are such conflicting statistics on how much room is needed to grow x amount of food. It will be interesting to see what I can come up with.
I am considering the whole succession planting thing, but am concerned that it isn't very likely to work well in my zone 3 garden. I know according to the map I should be zone 4, but I think they lie. Of course, if I use some row covers and other methods of extending the season I may have more luck.
I just don't want to bite off more than I can chew in any given year. I do plan to use plastic to warm the soil early in the spring so I can get some cool weather crops in right away, but I want to focus mainly on making sure that I can keep up with the veggie and flower beds AND preserve the harvest. I have trouble keeping up with the processing, but plan to be bringing stuff to work, and doing it there. Aren't you all jealous that I have such an easy job? As long as I get the cleaning and cooking done at night I can use the rest of the time for my own pursuits. Pretty cool, huh?
Anyway, I thought it was about time I actually posted something about my garden since that IS the name of this blog. Don't want my gardening friends to think I have been slacking!
Posted by barefoot gardener at 9:33 AM