We are buried deep in snow but its still time to turn thoughts to planning and planting your garden.
This year, I am doubling the size of our garden. I should have enough carrots, peppers, onions, and green beans to make it throw the year after canning and freezing are done. I hope to have enough tomatoes to make spaghetti sauce for the year and also make enough chili to last through the cold months. I just finished up the chili and spaghetti sauce from last year.
I'm adding more beds for beets.....hubby wants pickled beets. Yuck, but I will do it for him. I'm also adding broccoli this year. Potatoes didn't do well last year but it was so wet and cool that I'm surprised I got anything at all. Hopefully they will do better this year.
Last year, I used the previous owners vegetable garden area to plant the cucumbers and pumpkins. I don't know if it was because the ground was so bad or the weather, but they didn't produce hardly anything. Six cucumber plants and I got eight pints of pickles. This year, I'm adding a raised bed for the cucumbers, pumpkins, and cantalope. I was able to get 14 cantalopes last year off of two plants in the raised bed. They were delicious and I was literally giving them away after a while. We couldn't keep up with them.
I ordered another blueberry bush and 25 more strawberry plants. I also will be getting three peach trees and two pear trees. I hope to add some more berry plants this year, possibly cranberries and currants/ We'll see how it goes. Next year, I hope to add dwarf apple trees. I'm looking forward to getting more apples. I will be looking for organic solutions for our apple trees that are already on the property. We lost a lot of apples last year due to bugs. I also need to really getting into pruning. The trees have never been pruned and the fruit is really small.
This year I'm also planning on buying a wheat grinder and start making our own bread. It will hopefully be sometime this summer. I've very excited about that.
Have a wonderful weekend!