For the first time ever, I have space for a garden! So of course, I’m embarking on full homesteading! My dream come true – You know two summers ago I got to help my buddies at IGLOO – Sustainability Group plant their garden so I’m so excited to have my own! Here are the tentative plans for this upcoming season.
We will locate 2 – 4x8ft garden beds on the west side of our house which gets full sun exposure. We also know this part was used as a ‘garden’ before and was not used for some weird renter parking lot*. We also know that if we have success and want to expand forward we can do so on this portion of the house. Further, I HATE grass – so using the space would be not only beautiful, but help make less wasted lawn space. Sorry Lois, I know you are sad you raised someone who doesn’t love a green grass yard as much as you ;). *see photo below
What Will We Grow?
Cold Season Crops:
Beets, Kale, Cilantro, Broccolini (tiny broccoli!)
Warm Season Crops:
Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Zucchini, Cucumber, Chives, Rosemary, etc. herbs.
We are going to be using Douglas Fir wood for the beds (not Cedar due to small savings in cost). Yes, we will probably have to replace these in 5-10 years, but oh well – who knows what our garden will look like in 5-10 years anyways.
We are going to install a drip irrigation system on each bed that will be attached to a spigot timer. We will also install some PVC frames for UV/Shade/Hail protection covering. Since it is Colorado this is a must not only for our location of the beds in full sun, but also for those freak hail storms that can ruin months of work in one afternoon.
We plan on getting underway with the garden on April 30th so expect a mapped out update for grid placement in the beds before then!
Some other cool things will be all the canning, cooking/recipes – that will follow this summer/fall.
Anyways – any tips or advice to this newbie are MORE than welcome. Can’t wait to share what I discover. What do you grow in your garden?