One of the things we were looking forward to with a new place was creating another garden. In this episode, we talk about planning for our third garden at the farmhouse. We discuss what we learned from planning and planting a tiny city garden and then moving up to a probably-too-big country garden. And now we’re hoping our upcoming farmhouse garden is going to be “just right.” (Like the porridge in Goldilocks.) Jami lists the vegetables and flowers she WILL grow again and the ones she WON’T grow again. Plus we talk about one of the main reasons we garden – to eat great food – as well as some recent discoveries, including Brian’s deal to get us kayaking more.
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I did not want to see a big brown fence, so I planted beds all along it – which were pretty and gave me a lot more joy than a big brown fence. However, even though our paper-and mulch technique kept the weeds down and made them look great, it took months to complete all the beds each spring. Months. And that doesn’t include all the cutting back and watering.
Pretty much done with that. Oh, and this:
A huge berry patch. I love berries of all kinds and may have gone a bit overboard, a-hem. 12 blueberries, 4 Boysenberries, 3 Triple Crown blackberries, 4 Marionberries, 2 golden raspberries, and a series of raspberry plants that never made it past a year old. I had the room and I was determined to use it, ha!
But that’s 25+ berry plants at various times that need pruning, watering (though we did have this semi-automated and all I needed to do was turn it on and off) and so.much.harvesting.
I will repeat the grape arbor (love) and will plant 3 Triple Crown blackberries, 3 blueberries, and try again with raspberries. And that’s it – pinky promise.
In our list of what we’ll do again, these weed-killing techniques that we talked about in Episode 4 of the podcast are definites, along with our beloved paper-and-mulch for flower beds. The cardboard and wood chips I used in my mom’s weedy garden made it so there was NO weeding needed for a full 8 months (until the moles brought up new dirt and seeds, darn them…).
We’ll also used raised beds and use the no-till method – these both decrease the work load of a vegetable garden a lot. And I’ve already got a place set for the herb garden in the new place – having our other herb garden right out the back door was heavenly for cooking.
However, along with the other things we talked about, we’ll do the raised beds differently and will set up a better watering system, hopefully like this one we were inspired by.
We talked about some plants I want to grow again – and some I won’t. Many of those are found in this article. Some of my favorite shade garden plants can be found in this article.
Recipes and techniques mentioned to preserve all that good food:
- Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles, Pickled Asparagus, and Pickled Green Beans
- Unblanched Green Beans
- how to freeze: Peppers, Corn 3 Ways, Berries, Jams, Beets
- Canning tomatoes: Favorite Thick Salsa, Pizza Sauce, Addictive Tomato Chutney
- Drying: Tomatoes Stored in Olive Oil and the BEST Dried Plums
This is Really Cool!
Brian – Inexpensive Kayak racks that work great: J-Bar Rack HD Kayak Carrier Canoe Boat Surf Ski Roof Top Mount Car SUV Crossbar
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