We got a polytunnel!! My veggie growing dreams have come true this year!! We’re finally done planting so now it’s time to wait 🌱 also decided that my new @lucyandyak dungarees are the only appropriate gardening attire this summer because how can you not be happy in these!? 🌻🌼🌺🌷🌹🌸💐 ...
Carrots and broadbeans starting to sprout in the back beds while zinnia, marigolds, Italian sunflowers and cosmos are still flowering madly. 🌸
Staggered plantings are one of the best ways to ensure a consistent harvest and avoid everything being ready to eat at once. 🌱
Planting flowers in and around your veggie patch is a great way to bring beneficial insects and pollinators into the garden and help with pollination of your crops. 🌾 ...
How many plants do I need to grow to feed my family? This great question popped up during all our garden planning gabbing. I’ve drafted up an advisory planting amount for a family of 4 below, but there are a few things to take note when looking to tackle this goal. (1) Think about what you’ll actually eat vs what you want to grow (2) Ponder any potential challenges to your goal—are there growing space limits? Remember veg like cabbage takes up a huge footprint vs carrots (3) All of these seeds do not go in at once—plan to succession plant for season-long harvests (3) Sow various maturing varieties of a veggie (ie. early-, mid- & late-season broccoli) (4) Prepare for the reality of the ramifications of weather. Some summers root crops prevail & tomatoes fail, and vice versa (5) Processing time…preserving your harvests takes a lot of time…be mindful of that come August & you haven’t left your kitchen for a week straight because you’re chained to the canner.
HOW MUCH TO PLANT?
For a family of four…the adage is to multiply the plants per person…except for things like summer squash where you never ever want to do that unless you enjoy eating zucchini 24/7 for the rest of your life.
Asparagus — 40
Broccoli — 10
Bush Beans — 40
Pole Beans — 4
Cabbage — 16
Cucumbers — 2 vines or 4 bushes
Carrots — 125
Corn — 60
Kale — 16
Lettuce — 40
Onions — 75
Peas — 100
Peppers — 10
Radish — 60
Spinach — 60
Squash — 3
Tomatoes — 8
A little more snow melting to go here, but planning on getting my seed sowing on tonight! What’s shaking with everyone else?💚
TOMATO SEEDLING UPDATE: It’s time. Time to start potting up the tomato babies. Some varieties are farther along than others. Certain seedlings are significantly healthier than others. There is one seed supplier that everyone just goes bonkers for on here but honestly, I’m starting to think that tomatoes aren’t their thing. I won’t name them because I’ll probably get a hit put on me but if you’re curious do send me a DM. ...
A bouquet of carrots! 🥕 These were carrots I grew last year. It’s always so much fun pulling root vegetables because you just never know what you’ll end up with.
This past weekend, I sowed more carrot seeds hoping for a continuous supply when I need to use them. I’m trying to plan out harvest time for when my baby starts solid food. I’d like to grow my own baby food and that’s what’s been driving the selection of veggies I’m growing this year. If you have a little one, what are you growing for them? 👶🏻 ...
If you had of told me 10 years ago I would be living through a pandemic, obsesssed with my veggie garden & compost, I would have looked at you like you were crazy! We were buying soil from Bunnings and landscape supplies, it seemed like such a waste of money! Composting at home is super simple and gives you enriched soil and also means less going into landfill, contributing to other greater issues! It’s a total win win! I would love to know if you have a home compost set up? #SuburbanGardener#Composting#Harvest#OrganicFood#Gardening ...