Originally Posted by rancher hicks
Anyone here care to show a map of their planned garden this year?
Is there something you're going to try that you have not planted before?
Do you plan to grow a percentage of your food this year? What percentage have you grown in the past.
I'm not sure whether to plant onions since I just bought ten pounds for $3. Not big onions but I could have gotten bigger ones for $5.
I've drawn up one but can't put it up here. I'm going to plant a few things and varieties I've never tried~asparagus, celery, honey dew melons, Pruden's Purple tomatoes, red and purple carrots, parsley, borage, garlic, etc.
I always grow a large percentage of our total food stores here but this year I plan to go further by planting much more romaine lettuces, which we eat tons of, and planting them in succession plantings and also into the fall and winter. Will also be planting a whole lot of sweet onions and garlic this year for dehydrating and also for storing.
Originally Posted by wyoDreamer
I would love to go all organic, but like you pointed out, it is insanely expensive.
Also- hybrid plants are developed to overcome disease and pests that are naturally in the environment.
I plan to plant some heirloom tomatoes and some hybrid. I have lost all of my heirloom tomato plants in past years to disease. I like to eat, so I hedge my bets and plant the hybrid as I know I will get something from them.
I am planning on building a big solar dehydrator. Then I will be able to harvest my white clover all summer and dehydrate it for winter feeding. Spinach, kale or any greens actually. I will also be using it for tomatoes, apples, and anything else I want for my own purpose. Need to get going on that project ...
Hey, Wyo!!! I plan to make a big dehydrator this year also with an old screen door and some flashing...really want to dehydrate plenty of onions, garlic and herbs this year.
I'm with everyone else...organic is nice and I try to be as organic as possible in all my food growing, be it animal or plants, but I don't go out of my way to spend tons of money to get organic chicken feed or anything. I have chickens so I have good, pure meat on the cheap, but spending tons of money to get organic feed would cancel all that out.
I try to keep to heirloom varieties on maters and cukes, as much as possible on lettuces, squash, melons, etc. But, some veggies I like the hybrid varieties, so I stick with those...Ambrosia sweet corn, Candy sweet onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, etc.
Getting all wrapped up in organic or heirloom seeds only can get to be a real headache and can take all the fun and productivity of the garden out of the equation. I just plant, harvest and eat it without using chemicals and I feel that's as hard as I want to work at it.