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Hm. Well. *contemplates*

The garden plan called for:






giant sunflower


multiple colors of carrot


summer squash

winter squash

yukon gold potato


sugar snap pea

oregon snow pea



acorn squash

butternut squash









sweet pepper


leaf lettuce





sweet leaf plant


russet potato

sweet potato

sweet onion



That was what was slated to go into the beds and largest pots I own. Except, I went to do the inventory. And realized a) I forgot a very very important vegetable that my youngest will hurt me for not planting if I don't hurt meself for it, and b) I've got more big pots than I wrote on the plan. Also, I have different seeds.

What I've got is:

Gloriosa Daisy

Wildflower Mix

Butterfly Garden Mix

Unmarked flower seeds (looks vaguely marigoldish, but I'm not sure!)

Mexican Hats

Top Gun Buffalo Grass

Red Crimson Clover (3 large batches)

Zinna Lilliput

Zinna Cactus Mix

Snapdragon Toadflax

Forget Me Not

Bachelor Button (2)


UnID'd vegetable seed (in sealed package)

California Wonder Pepper

Grande Belle Pepper Mix

Mini Sweet Pepper mix


Rutgers Tomato

Roma Tomato

Jac O'Lantern Pumpkin

Conneticut Field Pumpkin

Hales Best Cataloupe










Alaska Pea

Grand Rapids Leaf Lettuce

Mesclan Mix Lettuce

Danvers Half Long Carrot

Little Finger Carrot

Crimson Giant Radish

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potato

Russet Potato

The okra, thankfully, reminded me of its absolute MUST GROW status. Pouty little blond boys are not fun.

Thing is, I joined Mike the Gardener's Seed of the Month Club. 8 packets of seeds should arrive this or next week. Four will arrive every month for a year. (Hopefully, there will be turnips, which I like, and not turnip greens, which no one in the family will eat. Discovered this the year I got 'em by mistake.)

So, when that first batch gets here, I get to give the list another look. And some of this stuff I do have I must look up because I'm not sure what it is, or what it's for.

In the meantime, I have to replan this to ensure okra plantage, and figure out if the asparagus is going to be possible or not. The area I was planning to stick it doesn't get enough sun, and the area that does I had other plans for... and needs cleared of Dad's woodpile dregs anyhow.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!

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Comment by Jennifer on February 19, 2014 at 10:49am

I second (or third) the necessity of okra! Sounds like you'll definitely have lots of goodies, no matter what the final plan looks like—but please keep us posted! Just curious: Since you've got a pretty long list, what size are your beds? And what will you most likely grow in pots? Thanks so much for sharing a peek into your thought process! So helpful for us hack gardeners!

Comment by Jana Franzen on February 21, 2014 at 2:10pm

am a hack gardener, though!

Um, my plots... the biggest one is approximately four feet by 17'? Then there are 2 about a foot thinner and just as long. There are 4 made by putting old bookshelf shelves together in makeshift squares, so they're about 3x3, then there is the row of potato towers, and then three more that are somewhere between 2-3' wide and about 14' long. Then, on the other side of where the sewer line cut through, I've got 2 little 3'x3' and a 3'x4', approximately. Off over to the side, there is a set of three raised beds. Two are railroad tie x railroad tie, and the last is railroad tie x pile of old knotted wood fence posts (which are basically railroad tie length except longer so people can trip over them). The bed that hasn't yet been dug up, where I intend to stick the corn and most the squash this year, is going to be a largish almost square that goes from about a foot from the sewer line (I'm gonna stick a walking path all the way around it) over to about 2' from the fence, which is probably 15', and be about that long. Then there are two converted refrigerators that are raised beds (jalepenos, sweet peppers, & leaf lettuces go in these), one of those deep toddler wagons with the seat and door that the boys broke the wheels off of that makes another planter, and the child's wheelbarrow my youngest has outgrown. There are, off the top of my head, between 14-20 very large pots and four refrigerator drawers - most of the herbs and seasoning types are expected to go in those, along with some of the tomatoes - or anything that turns invasive in the ground. (Eyes the mints, which will likely get planted in the pot holding the roof of the rabbithutch/chickenchage down.) And the kid insists we require rabbits, since our last two finally succumbed. I would prefer those grown for meat or fur this year, honestly, but haven't the foggiest where to find such. There's 2 flower beds, too, one that runs the length of the carport and is about 5' wide, and another that is about 4.5'x5'.

On top of all that, I'm contemplating the idea of buying some of those dwarf fruit trees - the 5n1 kinds-  (funds depending), in order to replace and expand the pathetic excuse this place had for a fruit orchard. I've one peach tree left - the apple was taken down by an idiot child that did not listen to me when I directed him to PRUNE it. We've got a few raspberry canes that survived the destructive clearing when the house was painted, and there are wild grapevines that were undoubtedly tended by the people who lived here ages ago. I just let them grow, since they do better as a privacy screen what with growing up into the trees and all down the fence than as a producer of nummy treats. My one attempt to prune them was a bit on the disastrous side.

Comment by Jennifer on February 24, 2014 at 5:40pm

"... which are basically railroad tie length except longer so people can trip over them." You're cracking me up. I can picture all of it now, thanks to your excellent description—although I still want to see pictures of those planted refrigerators.

Comment by Jana Franzen on February 24, 2014 at 6:13pm

Ohhh, right. I promised in progress pictures of that, didn't I? *goes outside to take pictures*

Comment by John Gradzik on February 25, 2014 at 1:57pm
Im in the seess of the month club too .. Its great I love each month wondering what Im going to get... I got turnips the 1st month
Comment by Jana Franzen on February 25, 2014 at 11:57pm

I got large Italian leaf basil, corn salad, blue flax annual, coriander, honeyrock melon, Virginia pickling cucumber, vibrant snowball cauliflower for the first month. Oh! And another packet of crimson clover, which I gave to Mom cause I had so much of it already.

LIL basil's planted in a pot in the window, so are my Roma tomatoes, and the seed starter greenhouse thingy has the cauliflower, cucumber, and melon seeds planted in it. The Mesclan Mix is in the small side of the established fridge bed.

Comment by Jana Franzen on March 13, 2014 at 9:18pm

Seeds have arrived! This month I got White Rib Swiss Chard, Sugar Ann Peas, Top Crop Bush Beans, and Chervil.


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