Small Spaces – Big Results:
In order to get the full impact of gardening in a small space, you might want to watch this 10 minute video of the Dervaes family in California. They live on a small city lot but look what they have turned their yard into; growing all their food and supplying others with the extras.
Utilize your whole row:
The reason I share this video is to show what the possibilities are with your row. Your little 4′ x 80′ row of good rich dirt, adequate water, and seeds of choice can feed a lot of hungry appetites…if the planning is done and the care is given. So…plant and space according to the packet instructions. We’ll talk about thinning in a future posting.
Plan for successive plantings:
Beans for instance, should be planted every 3 weeks for a continuous harvest into June. If you planted beans on the 16th, you can plant them again in another part of the row on March 9, and April 6 and be picking beans up until we close our rows the first week of June. Each crop of beans will give you continuous pickings for about 3-4 weeks.
What other crops could be on this successive planting schedule?
Beets, carrots, onions, cucumbers, lettuce….Radishes, turnips, mustard greens, lettuces…..If you have any questions about what, please ask!
What vegetables will continue growing after the first picking and which ones will only give one harvest?
Lets go down the list because this is important to know.
- Beans will give you 3-4 weeks of pickings and then can be pulled and plant something else in its place.
- Cabbage can be cut and will produce subsequent smaller side cabbages, broccoli also the same.
- Squash, cucumbers, eggplant, Swiss chard, tomatoes, spinach, peas, peppers… all can keep producing as you happily pick the ripe ones and tuck them into your harvest bag.
- Turnips, radishes, onions, carrots, beets, kohlrabi… one planting/one harvest only.
- What about lettuce? Most of the lettuce mixes can be grown and cut when they’re young by breaking off leaves and leaving the root to continue growing… They will continue to supply you with new leaves throughout the season.
- In the case of romaine, butter-head varieties I would cut the whole head and use it. I’ve tried it both ways and prefer it whole. If you cut it off at the root, you will probably get a smaller version of another head in its place. You will notice that the first harvests of each plant usually is the most tender and full.
What should I be planting now?
Just about everything. Refer to your ‘vegetable planting calendar for central Florida to see the full list of what could be planted in Feb-March.
- Beans, beets, cantaloupe, celery, carrots to name a few.
- Throw in some flower seeds too….it will attract bees and beneficial insects.
- Some of you have picked up heirloom seeds to try….
- Vegetables that you haven’t ever eaten. Bravo!! I would have never discovered “yellow mini’s” (tomatoes) if we hadn’t stepped out of the box. They are my all time favorite… until I try something I like better
Have fun with all the varieties of produce that spring planting affords us!
I want you to all be successful. Let me know if you want to meet me at the garden and answer some questions or help with vegetable plantings or I’ll recruit some of our seasoned gardeners to help you. Once you get started and see the seedlings sprout to the surface, you’ll feel more confident.
As with all things, please give God thanks.
If we eat something from those tiny little seeds that we’ve all planted,
it will be because of His goodness.