Last year I had a garden for the first time, and I started small. Very small: a 4X4 'square foot' garden. It turned out pretty well for a first effort, but I had started it quite late, and things never really had a chance to grow as big as they might have. And I planted a few things that really weren't suited to the location, but of course I didn't know that then. And one thing I planted wasn't even edible!
But this year I managed to get this little garden in almost a month earlier. My mistake last year was thinking that I had to wait until the last frost date (around May 20th here) to plant. But later on it dawned on me that that applies to plants that are already leafed out and flowering, not to seeds!
So in the Little Garden this year, I've planted (from top left across to bottom right):
Early Alberta Corn, Ethiopian Blue Tinge Wheat, Golden Flax, Barley
Golden Beet, Early Tall Leaf Beet, Earth Chestnuts, Oat Grass (for the guinea pigs)
Danvers Half Long Carrot, Celtuce, Chicory, Garlic
Danver's Half Long Carrot, Gem Turnip, Senger Spinach, Bunching Onions
The first row, with the corn and the grains is pretty experimental - I just want to see what happens before I plant them in a larger area. Off to the right in the white planter (with the broken rim) is a whole bunch more garlic. Gord was none too pleased with this -- he wanted more corn! I assured him that we would be planting more corn once the Big Garden was ready. However, the Big Garden is still mostly a cratered-looking area, which used to be a large brush/log pile. We arranged for a fire permit and over the past two weeks we've been burning 5 year's accumulation of brush and rotten logs. So the Big Garden will be somewhat behind schedule.
Here is the "before" picture of the brushpile:
And here is "after:"
That's Gord in there, doing all the heavy dirty work!
My plan is to build two, or maybe three raised 4X8 foot beds for this area and plant potatoes, squash, more carrots, more corn, cucumbers, beans and peas. We'll also plant some extra potatoes outside the raised beds, just to see how well they grow when planted directly in our fairly sandy clay soil.
So that is the story of the Little Garden and the Big Garden, so far. There should be more to tell in the coming weeks....