Thursday, April 12, 2012
THIS GARDEN IS FROM A FEW YEARS AGO
We have a garden that is about 36-40 feet wide. The rows are 85 feet long. We have a row of red potatoes, 3 rows of green beans (roma II, stringless), 1 row of either crowder or purple hull peas...or is it half a row of each? Then we have 1 row of ford hook lima beans, 37 tomato plants, 5 pepper plants, a row of spring onions, 1 or 1/2 rows of squash (Some is yellow and some is zucchini. I am not sure how many hills), 1/2 row or so of cucumbers(I am once again not sure how many hills), about 120 or more feet of corn. We will be planting a patch of watermelon soon too. I also may be missing something.
Everything looks good outside. We have blooms on the tomatoes. Everything came up well except for the peas. So we will replant where they didn't come up. Those things produce until frost so we will have a long season of those. We had 1/3 row of lettuce that did not come up at all.
I guess I know about the beans and peas just from trial and error. So we plant from what experience we had in yields. We do plant a little (sometimes a lot) more than what we think we'll need. This is just in case something happens to some plants and also in hopes we can share with family and friends. So for instance, one year we had 2 rows of green beans and I put away 120 quarts that year. So I am expecting at least that many from the 3 rows from this year.
I am hoping to get some okra seed to plant. I do like okra! I'd say that is the one thing that I am missing in planting. I may plant some the same time we replant the lettuce and peas.
It is my desire to grow and preserve 90% of our produce. I am leaving leeway in there for when we don't have fresh lettuce or tomatoes in the winter. Now... one day when I get my dream greenhouse, I will not be worried about that anymore either. Either way, we like to grow right here or at least eat local.
Posted by Susan at 5:29 PM