We’re doing some garden planning here on Blueberry Acres Farm. We have used Seed Savers many times in the past for our seed needs (and they have some great varieties) but for some reason, we haven’t yet ordered any from them this year. I think it’s been the craziness of the last couple of months-we’re just a bit behind with our garden planning. So, we’re just rolling for now with these organic seeds hoping that at least we will get our soil started. We have been composting in preparation for getting our garden beds ready. We’re trying to keep it as organic as possible. To that end, I had read recently about a farmer/gardener that was using a small tunnel and wrapping it in tulle (that was fun trying to explain tulle to Sheldon) to keep pests out. Seems like a pain, but after losing many crops to the dreaded squash bug, I’m open to anything that doesn’t involve me buying deet by the truckload-yuck! Anyone ever experiment with this method?
We have decided to do 4-6 large/raised garden beds (mostly because we’re finding rock is a major component of the soil here) with a variety of plants. While I don’t have all of the beds planned out, I would like to take advantage of companion planting as much as possible. I would like to have a Three Sisters garden bed and I’m considering focusing on lasagna style gardening.
I’m also enjoying the geeky appeal of Mother Earth News’ Garden Planner. It has handy tips, planting schedules as well as companion planting information. However, if I really want to show my garden geekiness, I would show you my multi-tabbed Excel spreadsheet with it’s myriad of garden plans, but we don’t know each other that well yet!