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Planning for the spring garden | Backyard Grocery

Planning for the spring garden

spring garden

Rick in our hoop house this past Thanksgiving. Love the spinach and chard!

We’ve been so happy this year eating all the great food we preserved from last year. I still have green beans in the freezer (as well as cabbage and tomatillos). And now is the time to start planning our spring garden. I can’t wait. Although part of me is at a bit of a loss as to what I want this year. I love trying new things, but they don’t always work. So I have some questions for you:

  • Mid Atlantic people: how do you keep the cucumber beetles out of your organic garden? We’ve had zero success with cucumbers the last three years. But I REALLY want them to flourish this year!
  • What is the most interesting thing you’ve planted and would you do it again? We planted celeriac (celery root) last year. It came in, but small. We’re doing it again, and this time Rick has read up on what you have to do to make it flourish (none of which are things we did last year).
  • What is your favorite organic fertilizer?
  • What is your favorite organic bug obliterator? Yes, I want them not just dead, but extinguished!

I probably have more questions, but I can’t think of any now. In fact, now I need to go over to the garden and see how the greens in our hoop house are doing after some really cold days. I hope the tender little greens are okay. I’m sure they’re not dead, but they’re probably a little wilted.

What are your spring garden plans?


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2 Responses to Planning for the spring garden

  • Victoria says:

    I’m in MD & we only had a few cucumber beetle sightings last year. My cuc plants are always grown in containers & I release ladybugs all summer long. We also plant tons of flowers in and around the veg to encourage lacewings, praying mantids & assassin bugs to stop by. We also inspect the plants fairly regularly. My 5 year old is fascinated with bugs :) at some point we missed a tomato horn-worm but those mini parasitic wasps didn’t. I noticed some random white flecks on my “tomato leaf” and realized what it really was, a horn-worm buffet.

  • I love, LOVE dark greens with sweet potatoes. I recently posted at my blog about a sweet potato apple bake with a side of wilted greens that made me weak in the knees. I am a huge fan of chard, spinach, and kale, not to mention collard, turnip, beet, and daikon greens, and they do pair so nicely with sweet potatoes and squashes.

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