Also in fall 2015, my husband accepted a job offer with the company I work for. This meant we were both commuting almost an hour each way, which seemed silly. We started to hunt for a home closer to work, in the country, with lots of land for us to pursue our hobbies (including gardening). We found it! In December 2015 we moved into our new house in the tiny hamlet of Kroghville, WI. It's located on a 1.6 acre lot and was previously home to a master gardener, so there are beds everywhere, mostly filled with perennial flowers. We took 2016 as a year to figure out what is really growing here, and how we might want to adapt it to make it our own.
Existing Spaces and PlansWe certainly have an amazing canvas to work with.
The side border and the front of this perennial garden will stay in flowers for the foreseeable future, although we have a lot of work to do to clean them up. They've been spreading and left unweeded for a few years.
At about the point where the pergola is built, I'll start my vegetable garden. There's about a 400 square foot area here for planting. When possible, I"ll transplant some of the special flowers that are currently in that space. Plans for that space include peppers, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers, and strawberries. There is an existing rhubarb plant.
The further back you go along the fence, the more overgrown it gets. I've started clearing a 28' x 5' bed here.
Plans for this space in 2017 include: onions, carrots, fennel, celery, beets, chard, kale, broccoli, and tomatoes.
This will give me a total of 684 square feet of growing space in year one, if I can get it all in this spring.
Initial PreparationI've already started on the side border, and have a 8' x 4' block of German Extra Hardy garlic planted that I picked up at the local farmers market. The purchase of a new rear-tine tiller made this job a bit easier—and more fun!
- Asparagus: Will decide on variety when I see what the local greenhouse has.
- Beans: Rattlesnake, Purple Pod
- Beets: Lutz Winter Keeper
- Broccoli: Arcadia
- Carrots: Mokum (early), Dragon (main crop), New Kuroda (late/storage)
- Celery: Conquistador
- Corn: Golden Bantam 8 Row
- Cucumber: Diva, National Pickling
- Eggplant: Black Beauty, Slim Jim
- Herbs: Florence fennel, Caribe cilantro, Dukat dill, Greek oregano, Italian parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme
- Kale: Red Russian
- Onion: Yellow Sweet Spanish, Red Wing
- Peppers, Sweet: California Wonder, Sweet Banana, Chocolate Beauty, Purple Marconi, Lilac Bell
- Peppers, Hot: Cayenne - Long, Early Jalapeno, Habanero
- Potato: I have ideas but might see what the local garden center has to offer.
- Strawberry: Will wait on local garden center
- Squash, Summer: Lebanese White Bush, Zephyr, Cash Flow zucchini
- Squash, Winter: Red Kuri, Waltham butternut, Vegetable spaghetti
- Tomato: Plum Regal, Blondkopfchen, German Pink, Moonglow, Incas Hybrid, Little Napoli Hybrid, Health Kick, Riesenstraube