Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Garden

It is January, and we are starting to really “dig into” what we would like in our garden.  In years past, I was responsible for the garden.  My wonderful hubby would do the brunt work while I planted seeds and squealed with delight at the first sight of sprouts, flowers and later the actual fruit/vegetable.

Over the past several months, I have been contemplating what I’d like to do/learn in 2012.  We talked about getting 6 more chickens, but we don’t want/need the additional eggs.  I wanted to start keeping bees for honey, but my husband absolutely positively hates bees.  We are both actively trying to get healthy and eat more “raw” food, so I thought that I could focus strictly on making the most of our garden.  Last year, I gave up on our weed-bed garden far too early in the season, and I would like to be able to focus on the garden solely this year with no other distractions.

Once Todd decided that he wanted to help me with the garden, I knew I was in trouble!  My husband does not do anything half-heartedly.  Me, I just buy some seeds, plant them and hope they germinate and put some food on our table.  This would not suffice for Todd.  To be honest, I’m glad that it doesn’t suffice for him because I am looking forward to undergoing this pretty big project with him! 

Our list includes:

  • Asparagus (perennial – planted 2011)
  • Strawberries (perennial – planted 2011 : may plant more from seed)
  • Spinach
  • Snow Peas
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Jalapenos
  • Green Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Spaghetti Squash (from seeds we saved)
  • Pie Pumpkin (for the chickens and for us!)
  • Concord Grapes
  • Herbs / Mosquito Repellents

When my husband and I sat down to write out what we wanted to grow, it didn’t seem like that much.  Now that it is written out, it seems like we are going to have our hands full this year!

I have been looking into what are called “vertical gardens” this year to help grow up instead of out.  We are moving our garden to an area with much more sunlight and much better soil, so I am hoping it does much better!

I am looking forward to learning, growing, harvesting and preserving this year with Todd.  I think this year we will have the biggest and most productive garden yet!

Are you starting to plan your garden for 2012? 

This post is linked up with Homestead Revival's Blog Hop #44.


  1. Our garden didn't do too well last year. I hope it is better this year! I have been thinking about what to plant this year. Your list looks good. We will probably end up doing a lot of what you are going to try. I look forward to reading more about how your garden is doing.

  2. I am so jealous you can grow food. That's something I really hate about being in an apartment! I guess I could try to grow one green bean in a flowerpot by the window, LOL.

    P.S. - I laughed at weed-bed garden :)

  3. Keeping Bees is good for the garden. I'm sure you know that they are great pollinators, right? Your garden doesn't need to be big to keep bees. I suggest you and your husband rethink your plans.