Planting a large garden

You can follow our family on youtube on our many foster-adopt homeschooling adventures - Berlyn Planting PeasEvery year we plant a garden… and every year, our garden gets larger and larger to provide for our ever-growing family.  Our goal every year is to plant enough produce to provide for our family and to be able to trade with other families for their produce.  Our goal this year is to not go to the grocery store from May-October… Hopefully between rabbits this year, goats, our garden plus the upcoming aquaponics system that Griffen had been hard at work gathering supplies for, that we will make that a reality.

On February 1, I plant my first batch of spinach, peas, carrots, radishes in the garden. (The extension college has different dates for us for these… but this is how I have always planted and have had great success.) We also have green bunching onions, spanach and Swiss Chard in the greenhouse in big buckets.

Here is the local Yavapai County Extension planting information

On February 15th, we will plant an additional row of peas, carrots, spinach, and radishes, plus turnips, beets, kale, onions and garlic. We will add broccoli and cauliflower to the greenhouse.

 Remember too that you do not need a huge piece of land for a garden. A patio container garden works well too. We have all of our herbs in containers. And we have successfully grown tomatoes and tomatilloes on our back patio.

Happy growing this 2015 season!

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