Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Garden for Next Year

We took down the garden last week.  While I'm thinking of it, I'm going to put some notes here on things that I want to do differently next year than we did this year.  It's not going to be thrilling reading, so don't feel like you need to read it.

To plant next year:
-Tomatoes (4 Early Girls, 2 of any combination of Jelly Bean, Sweet 100s, Sungold)  It might be time to get some new tomato cages, most of the ones I have are getting pretty hammered
-Strawberries (obviously)
-Swiss Chard
-Kale
-Zucchini
-Green Beans (more next time around--this year did 2 squares--not enough)--also, they should be POLE beans)
-If I decide to do Jalapenos, make sure to buy the plants--but maybe do anaheims or banana peppers instead.
-green onions
-cilantro
-basil
-mint

Notes to remember for next years garden:

1 square of swiss chard is plenty
Don't bother with peas--the growing season is too short in Cache Valley to make it worthwile
Sweet 100 tomatoes are SOOOOO much better than grape tomatoes
Cucumbers like to run, but not to climb
Think about using mom's wrought iron pot arrangement for herbs.
If I get really ambitious, clean out the space by the fence and plant winter squash there.  Spaghetti Squash does not do well in the container garden.

Here's a sample plot of the square foot garden:








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