So how about a gardening blog. It’s been awhile!
It’ll just be a short one though.
I am going to share with you my list of plants that I intend to grow this summer.
My list started out short, with only basics at first. Then I became ambitious and my list got a long longer. But then I took the time to figure out the space needed for each plant (by researching the spacing between rows, and spacing within row). Knowing how much space an individual plant took up, and estimating how many plants I would need (based on how much I want to eat/produce), I was therefore able to estimate how much total area I would need for each variety of vegetables.
I then used this information to eliminate some vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, which take up a ton of space. I also eliminated brussel sprouts because, not only do they take up a decent amount of space, but based on my experience and what I’ve heard, they don’t always produce that much, nor are they quick to harvest. Celery is off the list because it isn’t guaranteed to grow well in our climate, and as much as I love the crunch, it is unfortunately lacking in nutrients.
The veggies I have decided to grow, I have split into two categories: direct seeded vegetables and transplanted vegetables. Normally, it is best to transplant whenever possible, because when you transplant vegetables, you are able to control the initial growing conditions (soil, temp, moisture, light, wind) and your seeds are therefore more likely to survive. However, it simply isn’t practical to start some plants indoors, and/or, it isn’t necessary.
The vegetables I will be direct seeding are as follows:
(notice that root vegetables should be direct seeded)
- beans (pole preferably)
- peas (sugar snap)
- leafy lettuce types (arugula, spinach, lettuce mix: asian greens)
- and garlic (already done!)
And the vegetables I would like to transplant (we will see how much indoor space I have) are as follows:
- onions and leeks
- tomatoes (trellis)
- cucumbers (trellis)
- cabbage (napa, chinese and bok choy)
- and possibly some cauliflower, broccoli and eggplant (they take up space, and may not grow that well)
Of course if we lived in a warmer climate, the need to transplant wouldn’t be as great either. It’s just that, when the growing season is short (as it is in Montreal), not only do you want to transplant to ensure that each seed succeeds, but you also want to transplant in order to extend your season and therefore get not only more vegetables out of the season, but bigger vegetables as well.
And last but not least, the herbs! Which give flavor to our dishes and can also be medicinal. I hope to plant at the least, the following:
- and dill (I don’t use dill that much as a flavoring, but it does smell good, and it’s very good at attracting beneficial insects)
So that is my list!
I’m hoping to blog daily, or almost daily, about each vegetable individually. This way, we can learn together, how to properly care for each one.
I’m off to bed for now though.
Sweet dreams to all!