Happy New Year. I hope your holidays were fun and safe. Planning for the 2015 planting has begun. I have begun to plan my growing beds for the next year. There are always edits that need to be made, but for now I have a start.
I practice rotating my crops and attempt to not put the same family of plants in the same row two years in a row. There are some challenges with space so that goal is not always achievable. In the square garden you will also notice several rows of buckwheat. Each year I take section of the growing beds “offline” and plant a cover crop. This year the cover crop will be buckwheat. It does not over winter and is easy to pull. I am planting buckwheat for the first time and I look forward to learning how it works at the Cohocton River Rock Micro Farm.
The circle garden will be fully open this year, after two years of being planted with a cover crop. Having the entire circle is exciting because it is one of the easier places to plant popcorn, one of my favorite.
Now that a general plan has been put into place the next step is plant variety selection. First, priority is using seed I currently have in my collection. Then I will look for varieties I do not currently have but plan to grow.
I have been receiving seed catalogs since before Christmas. Some go quickly in to the recycling bin. Others I spend time to read. Still, others I keep for the year for their growing information. Everyone has their favorites. I have mine, but my favorites are the ones that include lots of growing information.
Several years I have tried to improve my succession growing (planting at different dates to have produce throughout the growing season). It has been a struggle. I have begun working with two spreadsheets created by Johnny’s Selected Seeds to help me be more specific about the dates I need to be planting. I am hoping this will be the next step to improving my succession growing plans. I guess I did have a New Year’s resolution after all. I hope your gardening resolutions all come to be.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.