By fall all of these opinions will have probably changed, but as of today, here is what I would/will be doing differently with next year’s garden:
- Raise the two beds on lowest ground another 8 to 12 inches.
- Eliminate trying melons at all. I set aside a lot of space for them and they don’t look good yet.
- Eliminate things we can’t eat, namely jackolanterns and decorative gourds. The plants are doing well, but it does seem like wasted space.
- Twice as much broccoli, maybe even two full beds. I thought I planted a lot, but it’s definitely not going to be enough to freeze any.
- Twice as many bush green beans, again maybe even two full beds.
- One whole area of lettuce planted really close together, that I would intend to harvest as leaf lettuce in May and early June. I’m tired of waiting for lettuce heads to grow…I want salad! Perhaps 9 or 12 plants per square foot.
I have five full-size 8×6 ft. beds and one that is smaller where the fence cuts it off diagonally. If I were to do it right now I guess I would plant 2009 as:
- Two beds of broccoli
- One and a half beds of green beans
- Half a bed of salad stuff (it’s still 24 square feet)
- One bed to grow peppers, cucumbers and zucchini
- One full bed of tomatoes
That eliminates cauliflower, some cabbage, peas, melons, gourds and probably a couple other things but hopefully puts more food in my belly. I guess we’ll see what I think later on down the line.
EDIT (June 10):
You know…my first-in broccoli has all just about finished up already. It was a disappointingly small harvest of broccoli, but maybe I’ll try a different seed next year.
However I’m havin’ a thought here. Since the broccoli is going to be finished producing by the middle of June, I can plant 2 full beds of broccoli as early as possible, completely harvest them, empty the beds and then plant rows of green beans. June 15 green beans will be done in mid- to late-August. That should work!