Recently Mom and I sat down and made a quick list of what we wanted to plant this year. Then I made her reduce the amount of tomato plants by half. The goal this year; do it well. There is a saying from the series I've been reading ("Rangers Apprentice"). Do several simple maneuvers well rather than one complicated maneuver. Granted we aren't on a battle field like in the books, but I think the principle is sound. We will have a smaller great looking garden rather than a large junky looking garden.
With that in mind here is our list.
- cukes - one hill of a few plants (last year we planted 4)
- zuchinni - one or two hills of a few plants (last year we planted 4)
- summer squash - one or two hills of a few plants (last year we planted 4)
- beans - two rows (last year we planted 5 or 6)
- beets - several rows, we didn't plant enough last year
- carrots - several rows, we didn't plant enough last year
- peppers - 6 plants (last year we had close to 20)
- tomatoes - 6 plants (last year we had 24 or more)
Vine Garden - several hills of each. Dad wants to have enough pumpkins to let the daycare kids come out and choose their own pumpkin.
- acorn squash
- butternut squash
- blue hubbard squash
My Mom found a garden plan that she wants to base our main garden after from Better Homes and Gardens. It looks like this:
This is what the main garden looks like right now:
This is the vine garden:
As you can see we have our work cut out for us. This is one of the many reasons why the daycare is shut down for the summer. We have a lot of work to get done in a short amount of time. I believe that the changes we are making to the grounds this spring and summer will go a long way to making us less dependent on the supermarket, which is the goal after all.