Tuesday, January 13, 2009

2009 Garden Start

I have started working on the 2009 garden. Here is what I am planning taking into consideration the short growing season and less then fertile soil. I have most of the seeds but still need to pick up a few high altitude varieties. Everything will be planted directly in the ground or in raised beds depending on soil conditions. The growing season is from roughly June 1st through mid September, hopefully I can extend it with small hothouses.

Pole Bean


Cantaloupe (maybe)
Watermelon (maybe)

Tomatoes (containers)

Lettuce (late season)

Sunflowers (grow wild)
Mushrooms (maybe)


Marge said...

How do you grow mushrooms there. Granny, in Minnesota grew them in a rock 1/2 cellar in the side of a hill.

BigBear said...

Don't know yet...huge mushroom farm about 20 miles away need to research. May not be able to.

Bullseye said...

No cucumbers?? Man I just couldn't make it without cucumbers. I love to make pickles. Are you getting closer to the move??

BigBear said...

I hate cucumbers...should be moved in 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

I live in central Wisconsin where the soil is kinda crappy. Potatoes grow great but the Japanese Beetles are a pain, unless you have chickens to "debug".

No Sweet Corn?

I have been trying to grow Cantalopes and Watermelons for years completely unsuccessfully. I don't know if it is my latitude (45degrees or Just plain crappy soil.


BigBear said...

Potatoes grow really well here also. It may be to cold for me to grow watermelon and cantaloupes. I might grow some sweat corn and pop corn depending on how much good soil I need to mix in.

The Urban Survivalist said...

When Rocky Ford cantaloupes are in season they're the only ones worth trying to sell in Colorado. I know that they're grown in Pueblo but how much different are the growing conditions in the San Luis Valley? A LOT of potatoes are grown down there so they should be easy for you. I grew a lot of different varieties of tomatoes last year. The heirlooms did OK but the yield from my celebrities was just ridiculous. Even after the plants looked like they were about to fall over and die they were still popping out tomatoes left and right. My romas did horribly and the yellow beefstakes that I tried weren't even worth the time. The star of the show was definitely my yellow teardrops. That plant ended up being HUGE and overtaking an entire planter by itself. Right before the first frost I picked it clean and I was still pulling ripened tomatoes out of my paper bag a couple of months later. The only reason that I even mention any of this is because I live in very similar conditions.

mycolover said...

Protip, what a mushroom farm looks like on the inside:


it takes some work and tender loving care to get started

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Nettie said...

Have you considered growing winter squashes and pumpkins? They store well long term and are some of the most nutritious vegetables. And they are generally easy to grow. Beets are also easy to grow, nutritious and can store well in a root cellar.