Vegetable Garden Prep

With the weather warming up and the sun shining (and while social distancing), our focus has been on getting our garden ready for planting. 

There was already a fenced off area of pebbles that got good sun exposure, but it was a bit small for what we were thinking. So we’ve been working hard to clear the pebbles, expand the area, and build a deer-proof fence. There are so many deer around our property!

We had a load of soil delivered and will be spreading it out in the next little bit.

Back in February we attended our local Seedy Saturday and picked up all the seeds for this year. We focused on heirloom seeds and hope to save our seeds as the years go on.

Our garden is roughly 900sq feet. 

These are the seeds we’ve picked out:

  1. Kale 
  2. Sunflower
  3. Peppers – Orange
  4. Cauliflower 
  5. Tomato – Beefsteak, Manitoba, Cherry
  6. Onions
  7. Pepper – Sweet Italian
  8. Spinach
  9. Broccoli
  10. Parsnip
  11. Corn
  12. Cucumber
  13. Cabbage
  14. Spaghetti Squash
  15. Kabocha Squash
  16. Zucchini
  17. Swish Chard
  18. Carrot
  19. Pumpkin
  20. Romaine
  21. Spinach
  22. Watermelon
  23. Arugula
  24. Melon
  25. Strawberry
  26. Potato – Russet, Yukon Gold
  27. Dill
  28. Italian Parsley

There was also a really great selection of medicinal plant seeds, so I picked up:

  1. Meadow Arnica
  2. Echinacea
  3. Wild Chamomile
  4. Coastal Sagewort
  5. Valerian
  6. Blue Elder
  7. Hyssop
  8. Lavender

I’ve started some seeds inside in trays, and I’ve set the seedlings beside a large sliding glass door upstairs that gets lots of sunlight. I’ve rigged up a mylar rescue blanket behind them to reflect some light, which I’m hoping will do the trick. Hopefully next year we will have a greenhouse set up!

I am hoping my gardening skills rapidly improve, given my inability to keep a select few of my houseplants in prime condition. 

We are also hoping to get some apple and pear trees planted this year, and hopefully have some fruit in a few years!

Wish us luck everyone!



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