A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Vegetable Garden Plan for 2011

The plan for 2011. Honey-O strawberries will be removed after harvest. It will be their third year-won't be saving starts-these are not that great.


Salad Beds layout-top bed showing beds WITH tomatoes, second bed shown without tomatoes.
Salad fixings sown every 10 days----after 60 days, tear out oldest greens and repeat!
This guarantees very fresh/non-bitter greens all spring/summer/fall.
Lettuce--Burpee's Mesclun mix in spring/Black Seeded Simpson in the summer/Red Sails and Buttercrunch for the fall.

12 comments:

  1. Okay, now I'm jealous. It's only the end of January, for Pete's sake, and you're completely ready to go! Talk about being on top of it. (Now go do some of those things you haven't been able to get to yet this slow (HAHAHA!) winter. ;o)

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  2. Super!!! I am planning to sit down and 'plan' today also. And of course try not to look out the window at the snow...

    Maybe trick myself into thinking it's warm and sunny and that I am digging in the dirt!

    Did that work for you too? :)

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  3. Mama Pea.....yes. I am ready to go. And it's still THREE MONTHS. ACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And for some odd reason, it IS going fast, despite my best efforts to become that "oasis of mellow" I know I can be. Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahhahahahaha!

    APG-I keep myself buried in books (gardening, of course) to keep myself fooled. We do what we gotta do!!! I usually love winter, but now I'm ready for some spring! Keep thinking those warm thoughts!

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  4. Sigh...that is a lovely garden. If you need any help...let me know. I wont be planting quite that much :) Have you tried and/or had success with planting black or pinto beans?

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  5. Hi Deb! I've never tried those beans. We really don't eat enough of them to justify the space (you can see-I'm running out of room!!!)
    :D
    I'm trying to juggle room as it is--the deer eat EVERYTHING down to the ground that isn't fenced in. I don't dare ask Don to expand the garden AGAIN.

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  6. I had to put this off until today, I saw the title pop up on my reader and knew I'd want to give it a definite long look! Fantastic! I'm waiting for my seeds to arrive to put anything down on paper. I know I really need to be rotating a bed for cover cropping this year and don't want to think about how that will affect my planting quite yet LOL!

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  7. Erin-it's hard to give up space for cover cropping. Up here, I'm not worried-we don't have a long enough growing season-my beds are covered with mulch for NINE months-my little worms are just in heaven, and giving me lots of castings. You, lucky lucky gal, have a much longer growing season. I am envious beyond words (except in August!)
    :D

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  8. You know how inspiring you can be! I walked outside today to visit our raised beds - kohlrabi that got planted too late last year is still growing, even after below zero weather. It was 60 here yesterday - very wrong weather. Bring on the snow so I can go back to bed...

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  9. 2 Tramps-We've been so very very cold lately, which is very unusual for us. I know 60 isn't right either--but I'd sure take a bit of it now!

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  10. I always intend to sow salad greens every 10 days or so, but I usually only remember to do it a few times. And by then, I usually have run out of space!

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  11. P.S. I'm liking your blog a lot...and you're only 3 posts in!

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  12. Green Zebra-I have six salad beds, so those empty beds staring at me every day are a great reminder to sow those seeds.
    Space is always a problem. I'd like to expand again, but hubby doesn't want to drive more fence posts!
    :D

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