After reviewing last Spring/Summer’s harvest and the photos (like the one above from last November), the plan this season is to keep it simple, grow what we know, grow what we know we will eat. So I’ve started the first of my seeds in punnets (inside on a heat mat), completed a basic garden planting plan and although it may change as the season progresses, it’s a start!
I thought by sharing it might provide you with some ideas for your garden this Spring.
Here’s what I’m planning to plant –
- Tomatoes – Black Russian, Yellow Pear, Purple Cherokee, Blue, Tigerella, Jaune Flamme & Ananas Noir, Pink Bumble Bee & Big Rainbow… and maybe a few more.
- Basil – Sweet & Lettuce Leaf
- Zucchini – Tuscan & Black Beauty
- Kale – Black Toscana, Red Russian, Red Bore
- Cucumber – Lebanese & Mini Muncher
- Broccoli – Waltham and Green Sprouting
- Pumpkin – Waltham Butternut
- Peas – Greenfeast
- Beans – Borlotti and Frost (for drying and storing)
- Capsicums – Mini
- Cauliflower – Mini
- Brussels Sprouts – Long Island
Plus, requested by the kids –
- Rockmelon – Sweet Granite & Petit Gris De Rennes
- More carrots!
This is what’s already in the patch that will be growing/harvested over Spring/Summer:
And here’s what I’m not planting this year and why:
- Corn – we’ve never had a fabulous crop of corn and this year I will buy it from the Farmer’s Market instead as we need it, or in bulk and blanch, cut and freeze for the cooler months.
- Saucing Tomatoes (San Manzano, Roma etc) – This year I am focusing on the salad/fresh tomatoes. The saucing tomatoes I will buy by the box at the market. Though I’ve had good crops of saucing tomatoes before, its not always in the quantities needed for a big batch for preserving.
- Lettuce – our lettuce is always bitter and we don’t eat a lot of anyway.
- Chia – this is easy to grow, but it’s difficult to harvest the seeds. Has anyone worked out the trick to getting the seeds out easily?
- Rocket – no need to plant, it’s already popping up in the garden from last year!
- Stevia – I grew this last year and it did well, but I think I’ll give it a miss this year.
- Chillies – we seem to be still inundated with dried chillies from last year, so we will skip them this season.
Looking back at the comparison of my ‘planned’ and ‘actual’ plantings for each of the previous seasons (I do a plan twice a year, one for Spring/Summer and the other for Autumn/Winter) I know that there is always room for a late arrival or change of heart, but for now, it’s time to get growing!