for the kind souls who have asked- these are my summer plans- i am going to start preparing the garden plots in march. i have mine and my sister's to get ready and i will start my seeds probably end of march. i want to say i am zone 5ish so i will plant first or second week of may. our frost date here is supposed to be last week in april this year. or so the almanac says :)
i ordered my seeds (johnny's seeds and seed savers exchange) and most have arrived. i have a couple outstanding but they will be here in plenty of time. i intend to do a combination of square foot gardening and traditional row gardening- both in the companion gardening style. what the heck does that mean?
square foot gardening is growing intensively in one square foot of space. so, what i am going to do is put together a 4 foot by 8 foot raised bed separated into square foot grids and plant certain veggies there. i can harvest and replant all season. i had toyed with the idea of cold framing but i don't think i will try that this particular harvest season. companion planting is growing mutually beneficial fruits, veggies and herbs together so that they will enhance each other and you can harvest more. it's also not putting plants together that will inhibit each other. native americans planting a stalk of corn with a squash vine using it as a support with bush beans at the foot- is a great example of companion planting in a small space.
so, i will do some veggies in the raised bed and will do companion planting in a few rows also. i want to put corn and sunflowers and whatnot in- and they need room. so- a few rows of them along with putting beans and squash vines to use them as supports- helps everything grow better and helps keep the critters at bay. using cucumbers or squash vines with corn helps scare raccoons away from the corn. garlic will help keep the bunnies at bay (i hope). i have some excellent books and will put the links below.
roses love garlic
carrots love tomatoes
square foot gardening
four season harvest
seed to seed
that's plotting, starting, growing, harvesting, saving, and storing. i have more books i will share along- but that's how i spent my winter.