At Little Sprouts, I have garden on the brain. Why when it’s the dead of winter would I be thinking so much about spring? Well for one, because in Eastern Oklahoma it’s been dark for like three months. We had a couple of days recently where the sun came out for a few hours, but it’s been dark in my house like night time for weeks and weeks. I’m ready to frolic in the dirt!
When my pooh bear came home for Christmas, we spent time digging through the seeds so she could choose some to take to her apartment container garden she’s planning and it really got my juices flowing.
Planning ahead helps make the garden more successful. If we plan what we want to eat in 2015, we are more likely to be able to grow it. Ordering seeds, growing seedlings, and deciding what plants to buy from the store are all part of budgeting and planning out our diet for the year.
We have over 50 raised beds in our garden now, so we need a chart or something to keep track of what we grew in them season to season for crop rotation and to decide how much of each thing to grow. I don’t want 50 beds full of tomatoes and no watermelons or a bed full of eggplant when none of us like it. I want to make sure we have a reasonable amount, so planning ahead is important.
Planning helps keep the budget in check. Some people, not me of course, may find it hard to not overbuy seeds and seedlings when they don’t have a master plan. Reading an article about a great kind of tomato or new bean variety to try may make you want to run out and find a packet of those seeds. Or maybe going to the garden center might make you lose your focus. I do NOT have a giant tote full of more varieties than I can use. I do NOT get out of control like that. Really!
Here at Little Sprouts we are planning for the spring garden: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Carrots, Peas, GLORIOUS PEAS!, Onions, Potatoes, Radishes, Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Brussels sprouts, and Swiss chard.
In our Summer Garden we plan to grow: Summer and winter squash, Pumpkins, Corn, Tomatoes, Peppers, Tomatillos, Nasturtiums, Marigolds, Lavender, Sunflowers, Herbs, Green and drying beans, Cucumbers, Artichokes, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Watermelon and Cantaloupe, and luffa gourds.
We are in zone 7, so are planning to seed broccoli, cabbages, and cauliflower inside in the next few days as well as our luffa gourds.
Around the middle of February, we plan to seed peppers, tomatoes and herbs inside as well as direct seeding carrots, swiss chard, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, kale, potatoes and spinach outside in the garden. Around that same time, we will set our cabbage and cauliflower plants outside in the garden.
We already have our asparagus, artichokes, garlic, and lavender planted from previous years.
To check the planting times for your area, check with your local county extension, or click here to get an approximate schedule.
If you are thinking about planning a garden with some little people, whether you are teaching them or learning right along side them like me, it’s very worth the time and effort to teach the future to grow healthy food! Get started planning today.
Does anyone have any garden plans they want to share? I would LOVE to hear what you want to grow.