Thursday, January 31, 2013

My 2013 [Veggie] Garden Plans!

My garden, June 2012 (it's on a slight hill, so those rocks separate the flat levels)
Alrighty! After learning from last year, and giving y'all some history of my gardening experience, plus a look into where I get my seeds from, it's time to look ahead to this year's garden!

I've come to realize there are certain things I will always plant in my veggie garden.
  1. Green beans
  2. Zucchini
  3. Peas
These are things I know will always grow (although I've had trouble with squash bugs getting my zucchini plants the last couple years), and things that I will always have use for. I love cooking and baking with fresh zucchini. Beans and peas are great to blanch and freeze, and eat throughout the winter as well as fresh during summer.

(I'm still undecided on carrots... lately I've grown them each year and been able to harvest some, but unless we eat them fresh, the only reason I'd chop and freeze them would be to use in soup... which might be once a month throughout the winter??)

I try to limit myself to one (maybe two) "new" things each year. I've tried (and failed) with broccoli, peppers, lettuce, watermelon, and sweet corn. While I might go back and revisit them someday, for now I'm content to buy them from a farmers market instead.

So what will my new item be this year?? I've considered:
  1. Cucumbers -- Rocky doesn't like them (can't even stand the smell!), but I really do and I might be able to convince Abby to eat them with me. :) 
  2. Potatoes -- There are so many ways to eat potatoes, and they store well.
  3. Pumpkins -- For decoration more than for eating. Abby is at the age where carving or painting pumpkins next fall would be super fun.
As you can see from the photo above, my garden isn't very big, so I want to make sure I keep enough space for a good crop of the veggies I know will grow...

What do you think my "new" veggie should be?? Anything else not listed that I should try?


  1. I vote potatoes! Those homegrown Yukon golds are so yummy. And easy. Potato bugs caused us problems the first year, but since then we've just sprinkled some bug repellent on the leaves and they have done well. Pumpkins are fun to grow, but they do take up a lot of room.

    1. I think potatoes are my favorite choice too... :)

  2. Of those, I'd definitely say potatoes - they're so easy! One thing you don't have on there that I enjoy growing are onions. They haven't grown as well at this house as they did in IL, but I loved having onions straight from the garden since I use them so much.

    1. Mmmm potatoes and onions... maybe I'll do two new things this year ;-)

  3. Have you tried cauliflower? That's pretty easy, too...

    1. I have not. I'm not sure it would be the best fit for us though, since we never really eat it... but if I grew it I'm sure I'd find uses for it!


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