It’s that time of year to start planning the garden. Spring dreaming, here is the Farmhouse 1820 vegetable garden design and video.
Here in the northeast, it’s still cold outside. The grass, shrubs and trees are looking rather meek, but inside, garden designs and planning are well underway. Back in January, I spent hours on the computer, adding plants to my online cart and dreaming of what my vegetable garden will become. Time well spent, if I do say so myself, and I found myself tweaking and re-tweaking my garden design, just to feel in the element of spring.
This year, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and grow a few new vegetables that I’ve never tried to grow before. A couple staples that I tend to buy on a weekly basis, and have become tired of paying the price tag. Taking on the wisdom one can learn from the garden, why not try to grow an ingredient or two that is off of our own beaten path. It’s time to venture out, I tell myself. Try something new, still keeping with growing the favorites.
Everything Has A Learning Curve. Just Dive In And Grow It
So after I received all of the seeds I ordered, I spent the better part of an afternoon designing and planning our garden. With each seed packet, I read the recommendations and directions for seed sowing, pulled out my calendar and put pencil to paper, deciphering between what should be sown indoors, and what should be planted directly in the ground. I read each with true focus, and paired each seed packet to the particular month to sow. Some to sow in March, some in April, and some directly. Careful planning.
Musical chairs with the garden beds, those veg I grow yearly got a re-org, and making room for the new. I changed my mind several times on the placement. Erase, design, repeat, until I felt I had a good vegetable garden design, with the thought of high-yielding gets more space than the newer veg that I’m not so familiar with growing.
Turning each and every packet of seeds over to read the recommendations of sowing, I counted back from the hopeful in ground planting date, with fingers crossed the last frost doesn’t throw us a curve ball. Mother’s Day weekend is my goal with planting everything in ground. I’ll keep my eye on the forecast.
Vegetable Garden Design
I held back a smidge, deciding to get only four new varieties to add to my garden: delicata squash, watermelon radish, radicchio and endive. I read the information packet that was sent with the seeds, and even went online to read more. To my complete surprise, it turns out the endive is the hardest vegetable to grow. My head started to spin the more information that I read. With two growing phases and some serious in depth requirements, I seriously started questioning my desire to grow the stuff. Perhaps I should have done my research first before ordering the seeds. High maintenance at its finest, I’ll give it a shot, but keeping my hopes modest. Now, I appreciate the reason why endive holds a higher price point at the store.
I’m just a little over a week out from sowing my first batch of seeds, and I can’t wait. As always, I’ll place all of the trays in front of southern facing windows for the optimal light. The long-awaited faint smell of moistened dirt only means that gardening season is just a few short weeks away. Check out my garden planning video here. And while I’m tending to the seedlings indoors, I’ll head outside to wake up the garden and get it ready for planting, following all these tips.