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I am doing a super intensive micro-farm this summer. At my home, we have a food forest with these perma-features:
Zucchini (of course!)
|A former member||
I am new to the group and I really can use all the help I can get to turn my lawn and barkdust into a lush beautiful and tasty garden.
As of now I have planted 1 fig tree
as far as vegies go that I have planted
4 hanging baskets of strawberrys
2 zuccini plants
to be planted I have
25 tomato plants
5 yellow squash
5 butternut squash
? chili peppers
and more that I cannot remember at this time
I also want to buy to plant
I have a very small yard but I know with proper planning I can make it work.
|A former member||
I have been converting my lawn over the last few years and have saved a large section with good sunlight for the food production. The other shaded areas are for flowers, shrubs and low maintenance perennials. I did sneak a fussy banana in because it is fun.
In my veggie garden, I started peas, chard, golden beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes. The lettuce has been harvestable for several weeks, and I bit into my first radish today. I went for the mild easter egg variety and it was very nice. My asparagus bed was started last year, so I got a few spears and now they have gone to fern.
I have garlic overwintered as well as parsley.
The warm season crops are potatoes, tomatoes, squash and peppers. I have used the planting and sowing suggestions from Livingscape nursery and Steve Solomon's book, Growing vegetables West of the Cascades. I have been very happy with the early jump in growth by following these suggestions. My tomatoes are under cloches and I have been germinating other warmer season plants in my garage on a heat mat, transferring to the cold frame, then planting out when the time is right.
Some permanent food plants include blueberries, raspberries, an espaliered apple, grapes, and lots of herbs.
To Kim starting off her new garden- I highly recommend no-dig beds, or lasagna gardening to cover up that expanse of lawn. There is less soil disruption, your earth worm population will be intact and it is less work. The downside is your beds won't be really deep for a whole year, and you may have to import a lot of materials. The Oregonian has a description of how to make a lasagna bed. Good luck.