Don’t judge me. I don’t consider this going crazy, yet.
2x Golden Jubilee Peach
2x Bartlett Pear
2x Orient Pear
2x Damsom Plum
2x Red Jonathan Apple
2x Golden Delicious Apple
6x Fragrant Purple Lilac (Spring Blooms)
5x Pekin White Lilac (Fall Blooms)
2x Thornless Honeylocust
16x Hybrid Poplar (from cuttings, planted in the fall as a windbreak)
1x Incense Bamboo (runner type, for the quick development of habitat)
50+ Moringa (strictly for compost use. I’ll grow them all summer and compost them in the fall for a soil boost)
There will be other free trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, but they will go in the garden to be babied for a year.
72x Lupine (nitrogen fixing, perennial through re-seeding)
72x Scarlett Sage
2x Boxes of Wildflower Mix (for the abandoned section)
1x 3g Bag of Prairie Wildflower Mix
2x Packets of Calendula
1200+ Mammoth Greystripe Sunflowers (making a room outside)
4x Anne Raspberry (golden)
2x Caroline Raspberry (red)
25x Fort Laramie Strawberry (everbearing)
25x Earliglow Strawberry (june bearing)
60x Sweet Basil
2x Pots of Chives
6x Catnip (to be kept in pots)
6x Spearmint (to be kept in pots)
Dill (not sure of the number yet)
150+ Egyptian Walking Onions (planted this spring)
100 Ramps (from seed, planted this fall)
160x Onions Red/White (not sure if I’ll plant all these)
12x Anaheim Peppers
12x Banana Peppers
12x California Sweet Bell Peppers
12x Early Jalapeno Peppers
6x Arkansas Traveler Tomatoes
6x Beefsteak Tomatoes
6x Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes
12x Roma Tomatoes
30x Waltham 29 Broccoli
18x Aichi Cabbage (Asian Variety I prefer)
18x Curled Scotch Kale
18x Lacinato Kale (Dinosaur Kale)
50x Mung Beans (go directly in the ground)
Patch of Lettuces and Spinach
4-8ft row of peas
400+ Country Gentlemen Shoepeg Corn
Row of Parsnips
Annual Vegetables Without Numbers:
Purple Majesty Potatoes
Baby Sweet Watermelon
Black Beauty Zucchini
Now, breath. Before you go, “holy shit, what are you doing?”, let me say that at least 60% of the work for all this was just getting the seeds (for good prices) and getting them planted. Most of these things I got for a great deal and many of them will take little to no work to plant. All the “Without Numbers” section is going in the abandoned section of our land (except the potatoes and radishes). I just need a small mound for all of them and I’ll let them go. They take up too much space to be in a garden proper and they don’t need much care.
If you are as compulsive as I am about making lists and researching, you’ll know that most of the work is just in the planning. I can plant 80% of all these veggies in less than a day because they are numbered, labeled and already started. The big work will be in getting the ground ready and putting the trees in. I really don’t think this is that much. I’ve seen people work with a lot more than I have and do really well, so I’m not too worried.
The other thing I will point out is that 1.5 acres of our property has been left to overgrow for at least 5 years. I’m going to be cutting a 1/4-1/2 mile path in there and planting things along the path. Out there I will attempt to get a forest growing while making it provide food and compost for us at the same time. The bamboo and quick growing trees will go out there and I will start compost piles all along the path to bring this sad piece of dirt back to life. I want this garden to be wild and beautiful, an experience, not a tightly controlled machine. If some plants get eaten or die, then oh well, we can still go to the store. I can almost guarantee in 5 years, I won’t be worrying about pest losses at all because there will be more food than we or the pests can eat and an entire ecosystem working to keep them in check.
Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it.
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P.S. I may have forgotten a couple plants here and there…I have so many! lol.