The Acorn Garden is finally taking shape. For the past 2 years, we have belonged to a CSA because our boil is terrible here and I am not sure it can grow anything except curly dock. So… I fancy myself a bit a gardener with a ‘green thumb’ and with the push towards local, I decided this year I would plant my largest garden yet. My goal is to get 40-50% of our veggies from the garden. It would be great if we could do more. There is nothing that tastes better than a tomato fresh from the garden with a little basil and fresh mozzarella, drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar… Cannot wait! You should see my planting charts, rotations, spreadsheets and books that I have been using to execute my plan. I have high hopes we’ll get something, assuming I can keep the bunnies, deer and donkeys out!
Eric built me 6 raised beds (one double tall for taters, etc.). Our soil is horrible, I am fully aware of this fact and because of that I decided to bring in a load of conditioned, screened topsoil. I bought 11 cubic yards of soil and had it delivered just downhill from the boxes. I got busy right away – and started filling and filling and filling a box. After hours and hours of work, I barely filled the first box. Okay – change of plans. I have hired some fellows to come and fill the boxes for me. I know that I am really taking a cop-out here, bringing in soil and then hiring someone to fill the boxes, but I made those decisions and am quite comfortable with them. Thank you.
The one box that I filled is planted (according to the “Gardening by the Square Foot” method) and is looking great. Well, right now it looks like a 12′ x 4′ box with a 1′ grid rope pattern over it, but when I look at it I see potential. Today I planted:
- Swiss Chard – Five Color Silver Beet
- Collards – Georgia
- Kale – Blue-curled Scotch
- Cabbage – Nero de Toscana
- Mustard – Giant Red Japanese & Tender Green
- Spinach – Giant Noble, Double Choice Hybrid, Salad Fresh Hybrid & Bloomsdale
Baker Creek Seeds (where I have gotten 99% of my seeds for the past several years) is AMAZING. If you have not visited their website or ordered some heirlooms seeds, you just have to!
Since I have not had any “me time” lately, today was all about me, enjoying the weather, the sun, the peace and quiet. I was on a roll after planting my garden, so I went ahead and started my tomatoes (9 varieties) and peppers (6 varieties). I know that it seems incredibly early, but, I feel like taking a chance today
- Tomatoes – Riesentraub, Carbon, Brandywine, Reisetomate, Green Grape, Sungold Select II, Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Gajo de Melon
- Peppers – Long, Thin Cayenne, Sweet Chocolate, Tabasco, Topepo Rosso, Corne de Chevre, Black Hungarian
Long way to go to April 15 when I can safely get the summer crops in, but in the meantime, after my soil gets in its final resting place, it is time for peas, beets, turnips, radishes and other goodies! Chao!