Deciding what to plant in my two new raised garden beds should have been a lot easier than it actually was. Given my space restrictions, it is important for me to answer a few questions on what I am going to grow and not grow each planting season. First, I always ask:
What types of vegetables do I like to eat?
Now comes the second question:
Of these vegetables, which ones can I plant knowing they will give me a fair return? I do not want to plant something that only produces two or three items in a season. I want volume from the plants I grow in my garden.
Finally, I ask myself:
Is there anything exotic out there to grow that I would like to tackle this season? This year the answer was artichokes.
So here is what made it into my two new raised beds this year. As was the case last year, the majority of these seeds were purchased from Johnny’s Selected Seeds and are organic and not genetically modified. I also tried a new seed supplier this year, Fedco Seeds, and the seeds are also organic and not genetically modified. Interestingly enough, both companies are in Waterville, Maine. Here’s what made it:
- Purple Top White Globe Turnips
- Blue Lake Green Beans – Bush
- Specialty Spring Broccoli Raab**
- Mayfair Shell Peas – this is my first year planting shell peas. I am going to have them grow up a piece of livestock paneling that I bought at a local farm implement store.
- Three Root Grex Beet – multi-colored beets all in one seed packet.
- Early Green Tendersweet Cabbage**
- Imperial Star Globe Artichokes** – my experiment this year. Already, the two artichoke plants seem to be the most hearty in the garden.
- Italian Traviata Eggplant**
- Olympus Green Peppers**
- Celebrity Red Short Vine Tomato**
- Green Zebra Tall Vine Tomato**
- Mariana Tomato** – supposed to provide a superior tomato for sauce and salsa.
** = seeds were planted early Spring and grown into plants under my grow light.
I am glad to say that all of the seeds and plants are in the ground and just need to grow. As well, I appreciated the fact that my two new beds are built so I can go on all sides of the two rectangles with ease. My old garden didn’t allow for easy access to all sides of the beds. Here’s hoping for a strong growing season this year! How is your garden growing so far this season?