Spending a little time in the fall taking notes on what happened in your garden over that past season is a great way to get a jump start on your garden planning for the following spring. In this episode we are going to briefly introduce garden mapping and then Kellie and I will share our favorite crop varieties of the 2016 garden season.
HOW TO LISTEN:
Listen right now in your browser by clicking above.
Subscribe in iTunes (or your favorite podcast player) to have our podcasts sent directly to your device.
In the episode we discuss:
How to make a garden map.
Basic information to include on your garden map.
Our favorite crop varieties of the 2016 growing season.
Garden mapping enables you to keep track of what happened in the past and project the best ways to use your garden in the future. We highly recommend you create a map of your garden at the beginning of each season so you can accurately track what you planted and where each crop was located in your garden.
The first thing you need to do when preparing to map your crops is to make an enlarged base map that consists of a simple outline of your annual garden beds.
Our stand-out varieties of 2016:
Beans: ‘Fortex’ (pole beans) and ‘Provider’ (bush beans)
Broccoli: ‘Bay Meadows’
Brussels: ‘Doric’ and ‘Gustus’
Peppers: ‘Anaheim’, ‘Padrone’, ‘Shishito’
Tomatoes: ‘Golden Rave’
Heard on the Episode:
“Let's be honest, for a gardener, digging into a seed catalogue in the dead of winter is one of the great joys of the off-season. These beautiful publications, with all their colorful images are a incredibly inspiring! However, it is important to remember that, no matter how eloquent the description of the variety in the catalog, not every variety will live up to your expectations.” - Hilary Dahl
“...get ready for this dorkiness - I do my garden planning in Excel! Since I grow my veggies in raised beds, they are a nice rectangular shape - either 4x8 or 4x10 or 2x8 - so it's easy to make each cell in Excel equal to one square foot. ” - Kellie Phelan
Like what you hear? Please share our podcast with a friend. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast player so you never miss a beat. And we'd really appreciate you showing us some love by leaving a rating and review on iTunes.