How to plan your garden to eat fresh veggies all year long!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Blog, Food Growing, White Rock's Best | 1 comment

How to plan your garden to eat fresh veggies all year long!

How to plan your garden to eat fresh veggies all year long!

January is the perfect time to plan the coming year’s garden space. What, the whole year? You might ask. Definitely!

More and more people are gaining a huge appreciation for food gardening as community gardens and urban agriculture continues to expand, and I am excited to share this list of veggies you could be enjoying this time of year if you had the foresight to plan your four season garden!!    Read more…

 

Artichoke, Jerusalem
Beetroot
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage – winter
Carrots
CeleriacCelery
Chard
Chicory
Claytonia/ Winter purslane
Corn salad/ Lambs lettuce
Garlic
Endive
Kale
Kohl rabi
Leek
Lettuce
Onions
Oriental greens, such as Mizuna
Parsley
Parsnip
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Rocket
Salsify
Spinach
Sprouting broccoli
Turnip – main crop
Swede

I always advise people to write down what they grew and to take note of what did or did not work and the reasons why. You can use a plain notebook or a garden planner, but the key is that it’s a great tool to track what worked or didn’t work, so you can have an even better garden next year.

Step 1. Flip through a seed catalogue, like West Coast Seeds, they are a local company and all of their seeds are non GMO. (https://www.westcoastseeds.com/topicdetail/topic/what-are-genetically-engineered-seeds/

Step 2. Write down the veggies you want to grow and eat throughout the next year.

Step 3: Divide your list into what month to plant. Throughout most seed catalogues there are notes about what months to start your seeds. For a good overview, here is a downloadable PDF of a vegetable planting chart for coastal BC.  http://www.westcoastseeds.com/admin/files/2011PlantingChart.pdf

Step 4: Draw the shape of your garden plot on a piece of paper, and look at your list of things to plant in the spring. Make sure the veggies you are planning to plant beside each other grow well together. A great resource on veggie companion planting is a book called Carrots Love Tomatoes, by Louise Riotte. (More on companion planting in the next article). As a brief overview; carrots love being near tomatoes, chives, rosemary, sage, leaf lettuce, onions, leeks and radishes, but dislike dill. Tomatoes work well with carrots, chives, parsley, chives and onion. Cucumbers like beans, peas and radishes.

Step 5: Decide if you want to use the traditional method of rows or use the square foot (grid) gardening style, also called a french intensive style garden. You can also grow most veggies in containers as well.

Step 6: If you planted a garden the year before, you will want to rotate your crops. It’s most common to divide your garden into four areas and rotate your crops from one section to the next. Crop rotation is important as it prevents disease and allows plants with the same nutrient requirements to give the soil a rest from depleting nutrients.

Step 7: Draw your spring plants on the paper garden plot. Draw your garden plot on another piece or paper and draw your summer plantings on the paper garden plot, taking care to note what will still be growing from your spring planting plan. Summer plantings are for Autumn and Winter harvests.

Step 8: Order your veggie seeds from your favourite supplier. Mine is West Coast Seeds.

Would you love to grow a thriving veggie garden all year, but don’t have the knowledge, time or energy? That’s right, Urban Eden Design can help you with a veggie plot plan, or can design veggies right in with your new or existing ornamental garden! Book now, for your January savings.

Next up:
Companion plantings, and how to grow food with less work!

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