Garden Planning for 2016

It is that time of year again. Time to get started with garden planning for the upcoming year. As soon as one gardening season is over, I start to get ready for the next one. Garden planning is one of my favorite hobbies. Unfortunately, I always plan to do more than I get to do.
In this post, I will break down my plans by the month.

January

Start broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, onion, and collard seeds inside.

February

Start lettuce seeds inside.

March

Start tomato, pepper, okra, and dill seeds inside. Plant potatoes, peas, and nasturtiums outside. Plant broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, onion, and collard transplants. Start broccoli, cauliflower, and kale seeds for another planting.

April

Start cucumber, melon, and squash seeds inside. Sow corn, carrots, beets, parsnips, and turnips. Plant okra, tomato, and pepper transplants outside. Start tomato, pepper, and okra seeds for another planting.

 

 

May

Plant cucumber, melon, squash, okra, tomato, and pepper transplants. Start tomato, pepper, cucumber, melon, and squash seeds for another planting. Harvest broccoli, kale, and cauliflower and replant with new transplants for another crop.

June

Harvest potatoes and carrots. Prepare potato area and sow with carrots and spinach. Pull up pea plants and add to compost pile. Sow pea area with lettuce. Sow another planting of corn. Harvest all ripe vegetables. Plant okra, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, tomato, pepper, cucumber, melon, and squash transplants.

July, August, & September

Harvest all ripe vegetables and prepare ground for cover crops.

Final Thoughts

Other plants I hope to incorporate include, beans, eggplant, chard, sunflowers, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, wheat, oats, and some other crops for feed.

In reviewing a 2006 USDA food pyramid chart, I see for my family of 6, I need 2,736 pounds of vegetables, 2,190 pounds of fruit, 1,500 pounds of grains, and 954 pounds of lean meats and eggs. That is not only a lot of food to plant and harvest, but it is also a large amount of food to preserve and store. It is very much worth the effort for my crew.

That last expected frost date for our area is April 21, therefore we will start our seedlings sometime between January 10 and January 23 if at all possible.

Can’t wait to get started. As soon as we get started we will post updates. Check back often to follow our progress.

 

 

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