It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about planting our seeds for this years garden. Actually, a few weeks ago we really should have been thinking about it, but time has literally flown by and it’s almost April!
Our neighbor stopped by the other day, she’s never started plants from seeds before, so I helped show her the ropes. It also gave me the inspiration to get my plants started as well. Her intentions were to start a few things for her garden, and it turned out into planting 3 trays of plants to use as favors for her upcoming wedding instead. Awesome inexpensive idea, just have to invest a little time and hope for a good turnout of plants!
But onto our garden. Adam posted this picture on a group we belong to on Facebook called Steaders Club. As you can see below, it’s a vintage homesteading article about planting a “Victory Garden” to feed a family of 5. Now, I’ve always had an interest in that era, the Depression/World War II era, so this peaked my curiosity.
For those who don’t know, a Victory Garden was essentially a garden planted at your home to help reduce the pressure on the public food supply during wartime. For more information on Victory Gardens, check out this link.
I’m going to use this idea as a guide for this years kitchen garden. We are going to cut the size of the garden at least in half since we are just a family of 3. I’m also going to swap out some of the veggies we don’t eat and replace them with ones we do, but they’ll be veggies from the same family, so I’m not straying to much from the picture.
I’m curious how well this garden layout will work, how well plants will compliment each other, and if we will really get a good amount of veggies for our family this year. The goal is to not have to go to the store for any vegetables once harvesting begins, you’ll have to check back to see if it happens!
Here’s a little preview of what we’ve got going on this year:
I’m using the 4-cell’s for tomatoes and peppers this year, the 6-cell’s tend to be a bit too small, especially when our in ground planting gets pushed back due to cold weather.
We also tried this concentrated seed starting mix block last year, and loved it, so we’re using it again this year. Super simple to use, literally drop the block in a bucket, pour 4.5 quarts of water on top, then let the soil expand.
The compact size is nice for storage purposes, and it’s slightly cheaper then buying the bags of ready made soil. We buy ours from a local home store, but you can find it here as well.
Someone wanted to get in on the fun, he’s really good at poking the planters with a spade.
I also love these plant markers. They are small enough to still use the plastic cover for the tray, and have holes in the tip so you can tie them to a tomato cage as well. These are my favorite.
Keep in mind this is just some of our seeds for our personal garden and some of what we will use for our own personal canning. I still need to buy seeds for the products we are going to focus on for the markets this year, a story for another day!