We just moved onto 2 acres in the country to expand our medicinal herb gardens, educational gardens, and permaculture forest gardens. We are planning fruit, food, herbs, greenhouses, bees and more for next year!
For anyone who hasn't followed along on the gardens, here is my recap. :) In 2015 we moved from an urban home with a jam-packed teeny tiny permaculture garden to a new home and garden outside of Madison. Our new yard was graded and seeded in July 2015, so it was an empty canvas. We have a much bigger lot at this house, so we are adding plantings every season, building up fruit, medicinal herbs, bushes, and trees. Even with a bigger yard it isn't *that* much space for my grand apothecary vision, so I was looking for additional gardening space. Last summer we were able to garden at a local organic goat farm, where they have wonderful sunshine and rich soil, and so I grow most of the flowers, veggies, and bigger medicinals there. I go to that garden (20 minutes from home) 2-3x per week all summer to weed and harvest. And the goats eat my weeds. :)
We also purchased a wooded lot on a lake in northern Illinois last summer and I plan to grow endangered woodland medicinals there. It has never been cultivated but has many wild species there right now under a large canopy of trees.
So - I grow a lot of seedlings because I am growing to expand the home garden, I grow at the farm plot, and I am planning to grow woods plants that don't need a lot of attention at the lot.
Last summer we had our family #happyflowerproject where we grew flowers and made bouquets for the food pantry. This summer we are growing food and culinary herbs for the food pantry!
March 28, 2017: Oh my, I have been planning and starting seeds! Here is the grand list of what I'm growing for 2017. See the big dreams.
First, what is in ground from last year:
I also grew dahlias from seed last year and we dug up over 100 tubers, so those will all go back in ground this spring!
Seed Starting : Flowers
Most of these we also grew last year when we grew flowers for the food pantry.
Medicinal and Tea Herbs
Veggies & Fruit
This year, instead of growing flowers for the food pantry, we will just be growing some food for the food pantry! :) We really enjoyed making bouquets for people to take home to brighten their table, but the schedule was a bit restrictive as we had to pick and deliver every single Friday at the same time, which meant no travel, and picking and bundling for 4-6 hours and delivering no matter the weather. We have a CSA for our own personal family needs, and so then the food we grow at the garden can go to the BPNN.
Greens (This list is the starter list, we continue all summer)
The big dream seed list for 2017.
Posts About the Garden, 2016:
About the #happyflowerproject
Starting Medicinal, Native, Prairie, and Uncommon Seeds
Garden Planning, Part 3
Garden Planning, Part 2
Garden Planning, Part 1
(some links out to my old blog)
grow sunflower shoots
seed starting planners
growing wheatgrass for spring baskets