In order to accomplish big things, you have to set big goals. That’s what my husband and I are doing this year with our vegetable garden. We are definitely not newbies to gardening. We have been growing vegetables for the past 9 years. We started small as newlyweds with potted tomato and pepper plants. It quickly grew to include a herb garden and 2 raised bed gardens at our previous home. We were somewhat limited to what we could plant since we were space-challenged. Now, we are beginning the same process at our new home. Last year, we planted our herb garden and had a potted tomato plant. This year we are starting our vegetable garden!
I am very excited to get our garden started because we have so much potential now that we have an acre! Our garden will be much bigger than the one we had before. So I will have the opportunity to plant more variety and to plant vegetables that I have never gotten to grow before!
My goal is for our garden to produce enough vegetables to satisfy our canning needs for the year. Just to give you an idea of how much that is, we usually buy at least 2 bushels of tomatoes (a combination of regular and roma) and 1 bushel of cucumbers. Of course, I’m also hoping to have enough vegetables that I can cut back or cut out completely, having to buy vegetables at the grocery store.
Vegetables/Herbs we are going to plant this summer:
- Bell Peppers
- Snap Peas
We typically plant green beans and broccoli too, however we are going to skip this as we still have a decent supply. We have an abundance of canned green beans and frozen broccoli from previous years. I want to get those used up prior to adding any more to the supply!
When you are choosing what vegetables to plant in your own garden, keep in mind what makes sense for your family. Make sure that you choose foods that you use a lot of and your family loves to eat. Also keep in mind the quantity that would be fitting for your family! Sometimes, you can be very surprised by the quantity that even a small garden produces over the course of the summer. If there is going to be more harvest than what you can eat fresh, make sure that you have a plan in place for what you are going to do with the surplus. You can store root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, etc) in a cool dark place like a root cellar or even in your basement. Other vegetables can be preserved by canning, freezing or dehydrating. It’s important to have a plan, so that your harvest that you put so much time and effort into, doesn’t go to waste!
Our garden is going to take a lot of preparation and planning. We need to prepare the area and soil, build a fence around the garden and that all comes before we even plant anything. I will keep you posted on the entire process and what we are working on currently. The weather is a still wet and snowy, so we will probably wait until later in the month of April to get the preparation and fencing started. The next step in our process will be mapping out the exact space in our yard for the garden. Then, once we have the exact measurements I will be able to make an actual garden plan of where everything will be planted. I definitely have spring fever and can’t wait to get out in the yard and get to work!