As I mentioned in Monday’s post, this year we have three garden plots in our community garden. Last year’s lonely one plot did not do too well besides snap peas because it was a wet plot with poor drainage and it was too much work for one sick mama to do on her own.
This year’s plots are well drained. They will get a lot more care because I am not sick and also because we have dear friends to help us with them and share the produce!
Deciding what to plant in a garden that is limited by space and by time can be difficult. One thing to keep in mind is that home-grown produce, that is organically grown, always tastes better than anything you can get at the grocery store – so using taste as a determinate might not be such a great idea. I choose vegetable types by ease of planting or care, types that we love to eat and will get eaten and space.
We are fortunate to live in a somewhat temperate climate, which means that we get a longer spring and fall and can do multiple plantings. Below is an outline of our three plots and what we plan to plant in each.
Amish snap peas Planted on either side of a trellis. This particular variety can grow large and still taste amazing. Last year, the kids ate them so fast I did not get to cook them!
Detroit dark red beets
Burpee’s golden beets
Dwarf blue curled kale Should continue to grow throughout the summer and into the fall
Butternut squash I would have preferred delicata squash, but could not find seeds anywhere…I’ll keep looking.
Burpee’s golden beets
Jaune du Doubs carrots
Black beauty zucchini
-Because plot 3 had tomatoes planted in it last year we needed to rotate crops. Thus, tomatoes were placed in Plot 2.
-By the time Plot 1’s spring crops are finished harvesting, we can plant the squash and pumpkin.
-If I had a larger space and wanted more continuous crops, I would plant things a few weeks apart. For instance, one row of beets and kale. Then two weeks later, another row of beets and kale. This would allow for a continued season. Unfortunately, we do not have space for this and beets and carrots can last quite awhile once picked.
If you get a chance to garden, take it. The work is hard and sometimes you do not always reap as much fruit as you’d like or planned on, but it is totally worth the work when you see those beautiful sprouts come up and taste that first snap pea.