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What Shall I Plant Where?

January 28, 2012

2012Seed Catalogs

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with several lovely seed catalogs. I’m making my list and checking it twice trying to decide what to plant and where to plant it. In the past that decision was simple. I have four large raised beds, one medium one and four small ones in my yard in Fort Mill. In 2012, I want to plant more of the vegetables and herbs that we eat the most or that need the most care. That means I’ll plant fewer varieties, but they should have greater yield.

This year I also have the opportunity to plant a satellite vegetable garden in the country garden. In the past, we have simply tried to keep up the flowering plants in this garden. (We’ll still have to keep that part up too.) No small feat since it is a fairly large garden/yard.  I will be starting from scratch. Choosing a garden site, tilling the soil and preparing it for use and then planting. There are several challenges to over come in this scenario: Virgin ground, wild life–4 or 5 deer, a very large muskrat and a flock of turkeys periodically show up out there, plus  limited time to go and tend the garden.

Challenges aside, I’d like to plant some things that take more room than my small garden plot in Fort Mill can handle like corn, okra, pumpkins, gourds and maybe some popcorn just for fun. I have no idea how it will all turn out, but it will be an interesting journey. Eventually, in a few years, the country garden will become our home and we will plant and tend that one all the time. For now though, it will be a place for learning and experimentation. Perhaps I’ll consult Lisa over at the Natural Gardening Blog, she teaches in the area and may have some good advice for me! In the meantime, I’m going to make my seed/plant wish list for 2012.

Feel free to make suggestions and share ideas for how we might make this satellite garden successful. I’ll say thanks in advance!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2012 5:33 pm

    Glad to see you back in the blogging mode. Lisa would be a great go-to person for info.

  2. Lauren permalink*
    January 28, 2012 9:34 pm

    Thanks Janet. Good to “see” you back as well.

  3. February 8, 2012 8:26 pm

    This all sounds like a grand adventure and how nice to have a larger garden space to plan! Not to mention planting and harvesting…

    Deer, wild turkeys, and the muskrat will hopefully be used to eating elsewhere, for the moment (not to mention any woodchucks that might live nearby).

    There’s lightweight, easily unrolled (and rolled up) electrified fencing that might be an option for critter protection (short-term), depending on how close your site is to electricity, although it could be rigged up with a simple solar panel, too.

    I like the idea of potatoes, winter squash, corn, gourds, and popcorn. They’d all be low maintenance and undemanding. Okra might need to be picked a little too frequently to be successful, though? Sweet potatoes would do well, too, if you’ve got critter protection.

    All of our cool season veggies would be quite tolerant for ‘holding’ until you could harvest them, too – kale, collard, turnips, mustard, etc., if you wanted to be ambitious, but they’re so productive even in small spaces, you might end up with more than you want to eat, since you’ve got the raised beds in Fort Mill already!

    After the soil is amended and ready, beets and carrots would also be in the category of ‘easy-holding’ — especially with fall plantings. Garlic, onions, and leeks would be great cool-season veggies that the critters won’t bother, before you get protection up, and they’re easy to grow, even though they take time (that’s the beauty of having space to allocate to them in your country garden).

    Lisa

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