It’s been a productive couple of weeks for me around the homestead. I was able to get some seeds started indoors, planned out my outside garden area, cleared out most of my fenced garden and tilled some of my yet-to-be fenced garden area.
I am planning the garden around the Mittleider Method idea so I am having to do some rearranging. The way I had last years garden set up is going to be a little different this year. I have yet write a post on the Mittleider Method. It’s coming soon don’t worry. Until then just follow the link if you would like to learn more.
Here is a very rough, not to scale diagram of my garden area.
In Garden Area 1 area I will be able to put two 20 foot long 18″ rows. I have a few spots in this area that already have plants so I am not going to put rows in these spots until after I harvest. I am actually thinking of just leaving it with just two long rows and allow for room for some perennial plants. As you can see I have a tree beside this area of my garden. It shades part of this garden area so I am thinking of planting perennials or annuals that tolerate a little shade. Any suggestions? I am also concerned about the two trees beside Garden Area 2. They are small right now but I am worried they will eventually shade the garden. Well, actually one is a small oak so by the time it’s large enough to shade I will probably be to old to garden. The other is a fast growing Poplar so it will be shading in a couple of years. I have decided just to wait until it causes a problem.
The Garden Area 2 area will allow for more rows than I show. When I start planning what I want to go into the rows I will post a diagram of each of the garden areas with more detail. I have already planted the raspberries (first year from runners) in this area and the Garden 1 area (3rd year). The strawberry plants are also in there 2nd or 3rd year.
The artichokes I have along Garden Area 1 fence line are already existing. I planted those last year and expect them to do really well this year. Yay! We love artichokes . I am planning to plant more artichokes this year. I haven’t planted the grapes yet. I do have four grape vine plants. I tried to plant grapes last year but all the plants died. Hopefully they will survive this year.
Well, that’s about it. I would love for you to share your garden plan with us .
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