I’ve been dreaming of this for years; a garden large enough to plant everything my little heart desires. This year that dream is finally coming true!
The beautiful garden above is from a trip Ben and I took to Williamsburg VA several years ago. This is a seriously beautiful garden!
How I’m Feeling About My Garden This Year
As much as I am excited I am also scared! I’ve gardened on a small scale for a long time, but planning a garden this big is slightly overwhelming. Where does everything thing go? How should I lay it out? How much should I really buy and plant? Will we be able to manage all this? There are so many many unanswered questions. And you know what? I’m just going to have to figure it out as I go.
I wish I could have it perfectly laid out and know everything I need to know to create a perfect successful garden this year. If I’m going to be honest, I’m wondering if I know enough to even be trying to do this. I know I learn best by doing and I am excited to see what I’m going to learn through this process. I’m scared of feeling overwhelmed, but I’m trying to remember that this is part of the adventure. One thing I can say for sure is, I don’t think life is going to be boring.
Ben and I sat down and wrote out a list of everything we want to grow this year in our Back To Eden Garden. It’s a long list!
Fruit Trees and Bushes For This Year’s Garden
There are certain things that take several years to start producing, like fruit trees and bushes. Those are things we’d love to start this year if possible. That way, we can hopefully start harvesting sooner. Here’s a list of fruit trees and bushes we want to start this year if possible.
- Fruit Trees – apple, peach, plum, pear, cherry
- Fruit Bushes – blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry
- Perenial Vegetables – asparagus
Vegetable For This Year’s Garden
Then there are other things that you get to replant each year. The annuals.
- Greens – lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, kale, cabbage
- Spring Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, onions
- Beans/Peas – green beans, snap peas, peas
- Root Vegetables – carrots, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes
- Summer Vegetables – zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn
- Winter Squash – pumpkins, butternut, spaghetti, gourds
- Plant in the fall for next year – garlic
Herbs For This Year’s Garden
I also dearly love herbs. They smell wonderful and they make food taste delicious. I really want to dry some of my herbs and make my own dried herbs for seasoning food during the non-growing season. Some fresh herbs last from one year to the next and some need to be replanted each year.
Here’s a list of herbs I’m hoping to put in this year.
- Herbs – basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, lavender, parsley, oregano, dill
Flowers For This Years Garden
Then there are the flowers! This gets me pretty excited! I want to grow all the flowers. I basically want an English garden all around me; roses, flowers, herbs, green bushes, cute walking paths, stone walls, little fountains, etc. I know most of this is probably a pipe dream but I’m hoping to capture some of that English country feel right here on our little spot of land.
My growing list of flowers to plant this year.
- sunflowers, blackeyed susans, daisies, dahlias, eucalyptus, star flowers, zinnias, peonies, roses
The Reality For This Year’s Garden
Unfortunately for me, I’m probably going to have to temper my desires and expectations for all that I’m going to grow this years. As much as I want to create beauty all around me at once, this is going to be a long term process and not a sprint.
I’m going to have to write down realistic goals and plans to achieve them. I’m going to have to put blinders on and ignore all the amazing things that I want to someday accomplish on our little farm. Most of all, I’m going to have to enjoy the process and not rush to the end result.
Your Garden Plans For The Year
What about you? Are there any gardeners out there planning your gardens for the year? What are you going to grow?