It's late January and it's time to start planning our 2014 garden. We have so many great ideas, and so little time to implement them.
I have wandered around the internet and through another wonderful book called The Backyard homestead.
This book offers information on succession planting, garden rotation recommendations, space required between plants, hardiness of plants, when to plant and transplant, how many plants you need per person, and more! At this moment all the information seems a little overwhelming, but I'm sure it will all make sense as I gain more experience.
I started out making a list of fruits and vegetables that I think I'd like to grow, that was overwhelming, too...
Clover (chicken pasture)
Watermelon (small variety)
There are lots of things I'd like to grow and way more than I could possibly hope to attempt in this first year. It's also the last day of January, and we got fresh snow last night. We were above freezing for a few hours yesterday, but it's still too cold to think about getting outside to start creating the raised beds, or digging up soil. That's okay, though - because I am no where near ready! I have still have so much to plan before I can get started!
So, right now it's about talking to people, and reading up on some things. I've found a number of interesting smaller style greenhouses that work wonderfully to extend the growing season, AND they're inexpensive, and temporary.
I discovered Cold Frames and the Smaller Greenhouse Designs for putting over raised beds
I also found a great cucumber trellis design by David Camp using PVC Pipe
I also came across a great tutorial about growing watermelon on a trellis so that they don't take over the garden. I found a variety of trellis options - I think one of my favorites (so far) is the cattle panel arch trellis which seems perfect for a raised bed.. and may be a better/less expensive option for the PVC cucumber trellis (above).
I have seen the cattle panel trellis used for tomatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers, peppers, beans, gourds and more! They're quite impressive!
Lots of ideas, ideas, ideas! So much more to be done! I need to finalize my list for what I'd like to grow this year -- because the list above is just not possible!