My beautiful new space
I am SOOOOO Extremely excited to show you the NEW and EXPANDED space that I get to play with this year!! I know it doesn’t look like much but this little patch of dirt has made me the happiest woman alive!!! That is only a slight exaggeration. It is in my local community garden. It’s a glorious 20×20 foot space that receives full sun and is currently occupied by heaps and heaps of bermuda grass.
So without further ado….
Yes… it is heavily weeded. It looks like absolute garbage if I am being honest. But to me, there is so much promise and opportunity. Full sun space is a premium in my back yard and the majority of my land in the back of the house is no longer appropriate for a large variety of vegetables due to the trees growing up and shading out ground or just lack of space.
This is my plot again from the opposite view. There is a lot of work ahead of me. And I can’t wait to start!
Planting Plans 2018 overview:
I’ve brainstormed a list of things that I can grow here that don’t require constant monitoring due to disease and pests that do best in full sun. Here is my list for 2018:
I’ve divided the outside beds (8 in total) into four groups which i will practice crop rotation. The middle 4 beds are still not totally figured out but they will include sunchokes, garlic, and cutting flowers selected to attract beneficial insects.
- Hot peppers
- Sweet peppers
- + Basil in beds to attract beneficial insects
Tomatoes have too many pests including birds, tomato horn worm, cut worm and leaf footed beetles so I’ll plant those at home instead to keep a closer eye on them. Hot peppers and eggplants don’t seem to be bothered by anything here. Sweet peppers I have not grown in Texas so that’s an experiment.
Brassicaceae Family/Melon & squash :
- marigolds – repel pest insects
- (turnips/rutabaga if I like them)
- Brussel sprouts
- Marigolds – repel pest insects
Brassica family only does well in early spring and in Fall here. That leaves a large summer gap. My idea is to in the warm summer months find some fast maturing heat loving melons or squash. We’ll see if the ends up being practical or not. Also the turnips and rutabaga are an experiment. They might be amazing or we may completely abhor them. But that’s part of the fun! trying something new!
- Tall Verbena – beneficial insect attractor
- Marigolds – pest repellent
This is another HUGE experimental category. I’m going to be trying all sorts of varieties some are meant to be fresh eating some are supposed to be dried. Everything from Thailand to mexico, french to british. I’m hoping to find a few varieties in my little test patches that both 1) taste good and 2) like to grow here.
- Bulbing onions
- Dill – attract beneficials plus I’ll need it for dill beans if my bean experiments go well
I don’t have nearly enough sunlight/space in my garden at home to grow bulbing onions so this is a perfect thing to do in the community garden. Carrots I’m trying again because they don’t seem to grow larger than a thumb nail and I’m wondering if it is lack of sun??? Onions are also supposed to protect carrots from pests so they make good companions.
Well that is my super ambitious plan! Wish me luck!