Over the weekend I finally got around to cleaning out all of those raised beds I built and grew an overwhelming amount of tomatoes in this year. (I also grew green beans, brussels sprouts, kale, celery, cucumbers, and cabbage in them, but the tomatoes were really the Holy Shit!
vegetable fruit of the year.)
Here’s one lesson we can all learn from the archives of this website… if I do something once, it’s pretty much a sure bet the next time I do it is going to be bigger, badder, and sometimes require me to live in a garage for over a year. This means big things for my garden next year, but I’m hopeful that none of them require me living in a garage, because, you know… been there, done that.
But, as usual, I’m getting ahead of myself…
Before I could worry much about next year, I had to clean up my mess from this year. That meant pulling all the plant carcases out of the garden, with the help of the cat…
And harvesting dried bean seeds from a few of the pods that I let dry out on their plants so that I can plant them next year.
I also harvested the last of the cabbage and sprouts, and then prepped two of the beds for planting the garlic bulbs that one of my dear friends brought over.
In theory each clove will become it’s own bulb come spring, which means I’ll have enough garlic to keep all kinds of vampires at bay.
Other than the garlic, however, all my plans for next year’s garden have been virtual. I plan to put the highlights up on this bigass chalkboard but in the meantime I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet to help me get organized.
(All of you should have just laughed at the “get organized” part.)
I’m hoping to do a few things next year:
- Put a fence up around the “yard garden”
- Make a few more vertical and raised beds
- Plow and plant parts of the back field
Just for reference, this is what the back field looks like…
Here’s my breakdown of “things to plant” in 2014:
In the garden:
- Green beans
- Brussels Sprouts
In the field:
- Sweet Corn
- Glass Gem (popping) Corn
- Feed Corn (for the Nugs)
On the property:
- Apple trees
- Cherry trees
- Peach trees
- Raspberry bushes
- Blackberry bushes
While I might not get to all of this, I plan to block off April and May (eight full weekends) to get things in the ground. And I mean, hey, you don’t buy a farm unless you’re planning to plant some shit, right?
But I’m glad I’ve got another 6 months of winter to plan for all of this.
What’s going in your garden next year? (Because I’m totally going to steal your good ideas… you know I am.)