Implementing the Kitchen Garden Planning ( 1/3 )
I wrote a post regarded the planning process that went into what we think is a very well planned kitchen garden.
Here I will start to go into some details describing how we implemented those considerations.
(see A Well Planned Kitchen Garden… what to consider blogpost)
LOCATION: Our kitchen garden sits right up against the south side of the house. It is the sunniest spot on our very wooded property. It is fully fenced and will include an electric fence before too long. The chicken ‘compound’ is in the same area, however chickens and pretty gardens with little seedlings seem to be at cross purposes. (more on that later.)
EASY ACCESS: There is a gravel path ( so no more mud, 🙂 ) from the kitchen door and we will have some lighting before next fall, hopefully there will be lots of herbs and veggies to pick and eggs to collect even when the days are dark, wet and short. There are gates to the front and back yard, the gates and pathways are all wide enough to easily accomodate a wheel barrow and the little garden seat I intend to buy soon.
- There is a water faucet in the garden.
- There is also an electrical plug there.
- The beds are concrete raised beds. Concrete pros and cons: it is much more durable than wood. The concrete will be curing and will be very alkaline this first year. We will try to balance the soil pH by adding more compost and organic matter this year. We don’t know how much that will affect plants.
- We will conserve water and reduce weeding by mulching all of the garden.
- We plan to get one of those propane weeder things, that should take care of any weeds that get into the pathways without need for herbacides.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU GROW, think about how and when you will use it.
Perennial plants: Our kitchen garden includes:
- 3 espaliered fruit trees, pears, asian pears, apples
- 2 apple trees,
- 2 pear trees
- 4 blackberries
- 12 raspberries
- 20 blueberries
- 1 grape
- 2 rhubarb varieties
- 100 + strawberries
More about how all that fits, later…
Vegetables already growing: onions, scallions, garlic, leeks, beets, radishes, brussel sprouts, chard, kale, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, peas, beans, bunching onions, red onion, walla walla onion, napa cabbage, several lettuce varieties and some edible violas to pretty up the salads.
Starting inside waiting to plant:
- several squash varieties
We will buy 4 tomatoes later.
We will plant some corn, nasturiums and lots of spinach.
Well as you can see… we have grand plans and great intentions. We’ll see how things actually turn out.
More on this subject in the next post.
You can’t be a gardener and not be optimistic!