Why am I so obsessed with growing? If I could not buy food for any reason, what would I eat? Right now there is not much for foraging. There are ramps, dandelions, and wild onions. Can you possibly eat enough of these to sustain an adult? So here's to the human brain and planning. Skol!
Recommended amounts are based on a family size of 3 adults. I haven't included any of our fruit or berries. Many are not yet mature. Not sure if they'll yield anything this year. Basically, this is a list of my perennials, herbs, and vegetable seeds that I've started or saved. Not everything will make it; we'll see how much I can cram in this year. I want to double or triple my food production this year. I added three new beds and reworked the layout of the front garden. I don't have money for cold frames but someday I want my garden to look like this guy's https://youtu.be/4LaYF7ADezA
Acorn Squash, turned out really tiny last year
Alpine Strawberries, need to propogate more of these.
Arugula, micro green or plant great in salads. Grows in shade. Grows in winter.
Asparagus, only two plants; the seed didn't germinate. Maybe buy more from Pittsburgh Grows?
Basil, my seedlings are small yet but soon. Just basic Italian basil.
Beans, purple queen
Beans, Scarlet runner, five poles
Beans, for drying, Low's Heirloom in the potatoes
Beans for drying, VT Cranberry in the windowbox
Beans, both, foot long
Beets, Hubby is allergic but mostly they don't grow well. Planted but not holding my breath.
Bok Choi, or Chinese Cabbage, four or so seedlings were put into the ground this week. Great in stir fry.
Brussel Sprouts, four plants
Butternut Squash, just planted in a peat pot
Tiny Honey butternut Squash, just planted in a peat pot.
Catnip, grows perpetually in the window box.
Cauliflower, four plants
Carrots, loads of seed from last year. 120 plants are recommended. Think I'll stagger planting times. Direct sow. Will keep in the ground all winter.
Chocolate mint, now has a place of honor in the backyard. Love it for flavoring ice cream. Also pest control.
Comfrey. Makes great compost and also compresses for sprains. Also called knit bone.
Corn, no space this year so probably not. Sixty are recommended.
Cucumbers, maybe four. Twelve are recommended.
Eggplant, I plan on four or five of these. Baba Ganoush.
Garlic, planted German Hardneck last fall.
Garlic Chives, These grow all over. I got them at an herb class years ago. They reseed every year. Also had friends send me more because we had one bad year.
Kohlrabi, mix of green and purple. Deer walked through last night and may have trampled them.
Leeks. You can never have enough of these. I am hoping for ten or twelve this year. Also overwinters well.
Lemon Balm, grows in the backyard wherever it wants to, not necessarily in a garden bed.
Lettuce, assorted red leaf lettuces. Slugs eat the green ones so I plant red. Should plant in fall too for winter.
Long Island Cheese Pumpkins, these are a tasty winter staple. I have some in a peat pot.
Lovage, one plant out of eight germinated. I just planted it today.
Melon, Six are recommended. I just dumped seed from some bought at last year's Farmer's Market into the ground. We'll see what happens.
Mizuna, a member of the cabbage family but makes really great salads. I think I managed to put four or five plants into the ground this week, grown from seed.
Parsley, just put in 6 seedlings into the ground and in various containers. Grown from seed.
Parsnip, loads of seed from last year. Definitely planting.
Peas, I planted Snow Peas that I plant every year. Original seed from Renee Shepherd. A huge number is recommended but I think I will look at other species for variety. And yes, plant in early spring and again in fall.
Potatoes, I will have a mix this year. Last year's potatoes got shaded out by other plants. I had enough seed potatoes for two patches. Austrian Crescent, early potatoes and German butterball, late potatoes. I am hoping to add blue potatoes, Red Cloud potatoes, and a fingerling. I need both immediate and long term storing potatoes.
Onions, I saved bulbs from last year's potato onions. Planted last month. Yellow Rock onions are also in the ground. I companion planted with Swiss Chard, Kohlrabi, and Bok Choi. Now if the squirrel will only leave them there.
Oregano. Grows more prolific than dandelions in my yard.
Radishes. I have seed from year's past. I planted two rows this week. I like them sliced and put in pickle brine a day before eating. Kind of like a coleslaw.
Rhubarb. There are more plants than one family needs. I think at least 9.
Santolina or lavender cotton. Smells nice. Looks great. Attracts pollinators.
Shungiko, a Japanese chrysanthemum that is an excellant salad green.
Skirret is a perennial. I have 6 or 7 plants. Digging these up in early March was a good harvest time.
Strawberries, need more June bearers and fewer everbearers.
Spinach, will probably plant in fall.
Sorrel, authentic French, not the weed. Early season salad additive. Perennial.
Strawberries, June bearing slow growing, sweet and lovely.
Strawberries, ever-bearing, spread rapidly, not very tasty.
Sweet Potatoes, 15 slips are recommended. I might have 10 by the time the weather settles.
Tansy, lives in the backyard to deter wasps and other nuisance critters.
Thyme, doen't do well here. I have one base patch where it lives but it always looks dicey.
Tomatoes, only cherry tomatoes like it here. I have several volunteers of undetermined species coming up in my potting soil. The plants are very large already. Meanwhile, I'm going to try blue cherokee, zapotec, black plum and roma. I need to have canning tomatoes. I also like sun-dried on pizzas.
White lavender-perennial. I make lavender wands to keep away bugs. I have made a Victorian jelly with lavender before.
Winter Savory. Small perennial bush. Goes great in Italian or bean dishes.
Zucchini, had a disease last year. Looking at companion planting for better results this year. It's why I try so many different vegetables. You don't know which will be a good crop this year.
I'm sure I forgot some. The goal is to stagger planting to provide as much fresh produce as possible for our food supply for the year. Last year's yield was poor. March was a very lean month here. I am trying to remedy that. Our green veg was basil that we froze last year. I love pesto but it gets old if you eat it for every meal. We ran out of self-canned goods in January. Buying organic onions at $1.29 a pound hurts when we can grow them ourselves. We use three onions a week. It really adds up. Frozen pumpkin and Baba Ganoush is all that is left.