After you determine where you want to plant your garden, you need to address what you will plant in your garden! In this “Come Plant With Me” I will explain where I get my seed and how I like my garden beds setup to plant them in.
What to grow
Grow what you like to eat! That is where you should start. I love carrots, however there are lots of purple carrot varieties that are much more fibrous than their orange counterparts. So when selecting a carrot variety for my garden I always opt for the orange Scarlet Nantes or Danvers 126 varieties that are sweet and tender. Yes, it is be fun to experiment with crops or varieties you are not sure about, but will you eat them? I’ll eat anything so experimenting is fine for me cause even if I don’t like what I grew, I will wolf it down and just not repeat my mistake next year. But know yourself and know where you should start.
Grow what excites you! If there is something that is so beautiful that you must have it in your garden, go for it! For example, I love romanesco cauliflower, you know that beautiful fractally Phi curling cauliflower.
Seeing this makes me appreciate creation and the beauty in the constant expansion of nature and I want to be reminded of that in my garden and on my plate come dinner! So even though this Brassicas variety “veronica F1” is a hybrid., I will still spend money on the seed to have the pleasure that it brings me. This seed is SO worth it.
Where to get your seeds
There are a lot of sources out there for fantastic organic seeds, however I do have my favorites and I always start with growing seed that I have saved.
After that I try to source seed from neighbors and farmers in my area so that I can get local varieties that have been adapted to my location. Then I start considering seed companies.
My favorite seed companies for open pollinated seed are:
- Wild Garden Seed : https://www.wildgardenseed.com/
- High Mowing : https://www.highmowingseeds.com/
- Seed Savers Exchange : http://www.seedsavers.org/
- Seeds of Change https://www.seedsofchange.com/Home.aspx
- Sustainable Seed Company http://sustainableseedco.com/
High Mowing and Seeds of Change are where I will get the majority of my seed and I will source what I still need from wild garden, Seed Savers Exchange and the Sustainable Seed Company.
There are many planting systems that work well in different types of gardens but for me I will be creating a biointensive system.
My two reference books for this setup are :
The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier
The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
These are phenomenal reference books for any small organic vegetable farmer or gardener and I would Highly suggest anyone interested get these books. They are absolutely priceless.
My garden beds will be spaced 30in wide by 50ft long. This makes it easy for me to reach the center of the bed from both sides. This will also make it easier to weed! The beds will also be 50ft long beds will work well in the space I have. It would be nice to have 100ft beds but that is not feasible in my space.
My walkways will be 18in wide so when I crouch down to see, weed and harvest my butt wont hit my veggies. Very basic and useful information from Jean-Martin Fortier.
I will also have about 10ft perimeter going around my garden to allow for machines like tillers and trucks to go around the garden area.
If you want to see this draw with me planning in action check out the video.
There are often seed spacing suggestions on the packets of seeds, however I will be spacing my plants as close as I can to one another while still allowing them the space they need to thrive. I will likely follow the seed spacing rules on the seed packets, however when it has a row spacing suggestion i will likely plant the rows as close together as the seeds. This prevents evaporation and creates a micro climate that will nurture moisture and limit my watering needs.
Every crop will have a different seed spacing so for more information about that check out this PDF on page 7 it goes into why this system is beneficial. This is also a great handbook all together. http://www.growbiointensive.org/PDF/FarmersHandbook.pdf
And with that I hope you all will check out the blog next week when I go into Planting Schedules and how I like to keep my garden and mind organized in my bullet journal! See you then!
Hit me up on instagram if you do your own garden plan @cyclicalthought and add the #bujogardenplan I wanna see what you create!