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Of beans and greens

Last month I was finally able to get out into the yard and do some actual plant. After dispersing the 15 yards of topsoi and waiting for it to stop raining long enough to avoid walking in muddy glop, I hoed in 15 rows for planting. Each of these rows are 2 feet apart and 40 feet long. Long, standard rows seemed most sensible, as they would be easiest to hoe weeds out of. I’m hoping that the spacing works out, but for the moment, I can walk between the rows without crushing anything.

I’ve plotted out my planting in 10′x10′ squares, just so I can keep track of what is where. The plan is to phase some seeds in so we get continuous crops of things we’ll want all summer long. Spinach is high on this list, but beans and peas are there too. I’m figuring on 3 week intervals, but we’ll see how that actually plays out. Every time I make one of these crazy arbitrary decisions, I’m very glad that I’ve given this the Trial Year designation. I’m expecting that at least one of them will go terribly wrong and giving myself permission to totally muck stuff up is going to come in handy when that happens.

Amazingly enough, some of the seeds planted on the 25th are already up and going strong. Beans, arugula and a solitary Yellow Crookneck start seem to be the frontrunners in this race. We haven’t had any real rain since the planting, and the heat has been terrible. I didn’t plan on needing to water so early in the season, but it’s been kind of relaxing to go out in the evening and stand there with the hose trying to make sure the seeds don’t dry out. Being zen in the garden with my husband and the cats was one of the big draws of this project, so I count that a win already. The food at the end is a big bonus, but not really necessary.

A listing of the seeds, for the curious:

  • Chioggia and golden beets
  • Black Beauty and Yellow Crookneck zucchini
  • Mammoth snow peas
  • Little Marvel peas
  • Venture bush beans
  • Xupar beans
  • oregano
  • Sweet basil
  • New Zealand spinach
  • rainbow carrots
  • rainbow and regular swiss chard
  • fennel
  • Hubbard squash
  • Southern Comet and hybrid broccoli

Originally published at my blog. You can comment here or there.


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Hubbard squash? Did you become a scientologist?

Good luck with the garden - let me know what turns out well. My gardening this year is, as usual, flowers and pruning.

I'll definitely be keeping notes on what works and what doesn't. I'm trying to go with seeds that have been proven in our crazy climate (thus no peppers this year).

Oddly, I don't have any patience with flowers. I love to look at them, but they take too much work and I don't bring them inside, so they just feel like a waste. Maybe having people over more often would change that.

Can't wait to see harvest pics!

Me too! We'll have to compare tomatoes. :)

Did you check on the growth/germination numbers?

Also...this might help you:
http://code.google.com/p/cropplanning/

I did. They're about 3 weeks. I even have a whole BOOK on the stuff. :)

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