According to my fancy gardening book, it's time to start planning for next year's garden. Don't have to ask me twice!
First things first. I was hoping to use as much space as I could for a garden. Since we are renters, I can't just turn our lawn in the backyard into a giant garden. Although, that's what I REALLY want to do. The next best thing will be raised beds around the edges of the yard. I pulled out hubby's measuring tape and started measuring. He figured with my measurements (I ALWAYS leave the math to him) that we could have 7 raised beds in our yard. That's more than I was expecting! Three will be 3'x6', two will be 3'x8' and two will be 3'x5'. This leaves room to walk around and in-between them. GREAT!
Next step was to pick what I am wanting to grow! Oh, the decisions! SOOO many options. I stuck with things I KNOW we (chickens included) will eat and preserve. Once I had my list, I went online and found what KINDS of the vegetable I wanted to grow and how much space they need. For example: Carrots - Rainbow - 2-4".
So with my list ready, I pulled out some graphing paper. Now to plan what goes where. On our graph, each square would represent 4". So I went ahead and put in everything I wanted to plant according to the space they need. HOLY COW! I didn't realize how much I am going to be able to plant! That was SUPER exciting! I mean, carrots alone, I should be able to plant just over 200 in less than half a bed! And these are just the raised beds! I still have the area next to the coop to plan and all the planters for the deck! I am thinking I will plant a pumpkin in the bed next to the coop and do my herbs in the planters. It gets so hot next to the coop against the house, I think the pumpkins will do well.
So that's the plan this far! It MIGHT change between now and when it's time to start but I think it's a great start.
Now to start finding cheap ways to make seven raised beds!