Planting Plans for 2014
What are your plans for this year? New projects? Trying anything new and exciting? Growing an old favorite you just can't live without?
I'm working on my planning this year, trying succession, fall planting and overwintering. Colorado weather is notoriously uncooperative, but we'll give it a go! I'm planning on keeping a journal to look over next year to see where I could have made improvements.
As well as setting up a proper irrigation system (soaker hoses and spliced cheap hose with shut offs) I'm building a few new garden boxes, and a few row covers for a fall garden of Space spinach, mache, and Bright Lights Swiss chard. Going to try staggered plantings of White Satin, Purple Haze, Amarillo, and Shin Kuroda carrots with a final sowing of Nelson for overwintering. Will also be trying a mix of lettuces and bush beans for staggered and succession planting as well.
Building trellises for Sweet Meat and Butternut squash, Early Frosty and Aldermann peas, Golden Gate pole beans, General Lee cucumbers, Eight Ball zucchini, and New Queen icebox melons. I will be trying a wood frame with eye screws along the edges and heavy twine pulled between the screws. That way, the frame can stay attached to the box, but the jute twine can be cut down along with the dead plants and put right into the compost pile. :)
Ordered some Dark Red Norland potatoes. This is a first, but I don't have the room for proper hilling in the ground. I'm going to try bamboo towers. I have came into possession of some truly ugly bamboo blinds, which I will be reusing for potato bins. I will line the sides with straw, plant the potatoes, fill with soil, and hill them up a few times. We will see how these turn out. If they are not so good, I might have to find a bit of room to make a proper potato bed...
Also going to try a Three Sister's plot with my little nieces. We will try Luscious sweet corn, Rattlesnake dry pole beans, and Butternut squash. I figure it's something easy to plant and care for and teach them a little about the virtues of good old dirt!
Starting a lot of seeds inside this year as well. Going to try Ventura celery, Lincoln leeks, Varsity and Red Cippolini onions, Jubilee, Indigo Rose, and Honeydrop cherry tomatoes, Gold Star bell peppers and Czech Black hot peppers, and Fiesta Broccoli. I've never grown broccoli, leeks, or celery, so it should be fun experiment!