We’ve been deep into garden planning the last few weeks. There is still much planning to do, specifically what will be planted where and how much. But we have finished the list of what we are planting and which varieties.
It is going to be an exciting year because we will be putting in our fruit trees (orchard) and berry bushes, as well as finishing the construction of the final terrace and garden boxes in the veggie garden. We will be adding a few more strawberry plants to the strawberry patch, as well as some berry bushes along the back edge of it, and other berry bushes around the yard. We will be doing another compost heap pumpkin/squash patch, twice as big this year. We will be experimenting with different ways to plant potatoes. And, we will be trying tomatoes in pots indoors (and out on the nice days). Our climate gives us many challenges and the tomato and potato experiments will hopefully help us figure out how to accomplish a good harvest of those.
We are also planning to build the greenhouse this summer, but it wont be useable for this season. The greenhouse will ultimately be where the tomatoes are grown in the future.
We still need to talk to an expert to confirm our fruit tree varieties to be sure we can successfully grow them here, but we have narrowed it down to what we believe to be the best choices.
So here is what we are planting 2014:
- Apples: Gala and Yellow Delicious
- Asparagus: already in the ground from last year
- Basil: Sweet Basil
- Beans: Provider, Purple Queen, and Gold Rush
- Beets: Touchstone Gold
- Brussel Sprouts: Jade Cross
- Cabbage: Earliana
- Carrot: St. Valery and Royal Chantenay
- Cherry: Mesabi Cherry and Cupid Dwarf
- Cucumbers: Burpee Pickler and White Wonder
- Currant: Black, Red, and Golden
- Garlic: Already in the ground from last fall (our first try at fall planting – supposedly isn’t the best way to do it in our climate but wanted to try since spring planting isn’t working either)
- Honeyberries: Wild and Honey Wild
- Lettuce: Several choices, haven’t fully narrowed it down yet
- Onion: White Ebenezer
- Pea (sweet): Dakota
- Pea (snap): Mammoth Melting Sugar and Sugar Ann
- Pear: Parker and D’Anjou
- Plum: Pipestone and Superior
- Potato: Red Ruby, Yellow Finn, and ?
- Pumpkin: Small Sugar, Fairytale Pumpkin, Long Island Cheese
- Rhubarb? Not sure on this
- Spinach: Gigante Inverno and Melody
- Squash: Ebony Acorn, Burpee Butterbush, and Bugle Butternut
- Strawberry: Alexandria and Fort Laramie
- Tomato: Red Pear, Orange Pixie, Glacier Early, and two types of seedlings from a friend
- Turnip: Purple Top White Globe
Wow! That list is both exciting, and slightly anxiety producing. 🙂