2012 Garden

I am in the beginning planning stages for my 2012 garden, like I've done for a few years. I'm not a gardening guru by any means, but I can handle the basics. I'm at the point where I am ready to 'take it up a notch' and try more complex gardening practices, and that's a tad overwhelming.

Anyhow, I digress.

Wanna know what I'm growing this year? Don't say 'no', because I'm gonna tell you anyway - -

  • Tomatos (several varieties)
  • Onions
  • Green beans (bush)
  • Bell Peppers (several varieties)
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Cucumbers (slicers and canners)
  • Spinach
  • Herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, lots of sweet basil, chives)
  • a variety of lettuces
  • and tend to my four blueberry bushes that I planted last year (they won't produce for another 2 years)

My parents are farmers and also have an extensive garden. From them I plan to get sweet corn, and melons and squash (if they plant them this year).

For those of you who live in Iowa, here's a pretty neat calendar that explains when and how to plant a variety of veggies to best utilize the climate.

This year I'm also making a few changes to the locations where I plant, and adding eco-friendly practices. A few of them are - -

  • Trimming around a few trees with landscaping brick and planting shade-loving leaf lettuces in them. I don't want to take up any more garden space with lettuce when I could be creating more 'edible landscape' in other areas of our yard.
  • Putting in 1 or 2 raised beds, in addition to my normal "tilled" garden. 
  • Putting all of my herbs in pots around our front porch - again, I don't want to use garden space for herbs that can easily be grown in containers. 
  •  Construct 3 rain barrels (out of food-grade barrels obtained from a local cheese factory). 
  • Construct a compost area. I think I'll either use chicken wire to section off an area of the yard, OR drill holes in a metal trash can and bury it (about 1/2 way) in the yard for composting. 
It's only the beginning of February, but I'm very excited to get this 2012 garden started. 

It's not obvious, is it? 

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