After spending a leisurely afternoon with my Territorial Seed catalog, I've come up with a list of things I'm planning on growing this year. When I get around to it, I'll post diagrams of how they are/will be arranged in my backyard.
Basically, I'll have four raised beds (4x4 foot) for herbs and vegetables with larger herbs and fruit trees planted in the borders. I have another raised bed that is about 4x25 feet (that was already there when we moved in) for pumpkins, runner beans and berry bushes and the potato bins.
The picture at the top left is when I was constructing the three 4x4 foot beds that I use for most of my vegetables and strawberries.
Here's the run-down so far. I can't guarantee that I won't experience crop creep and do more.
Italian flatleaf parsley
Tomatoes (cherry, paste, slicing)
Sugar snap peas
Sweet potatoes (updated!)
Sugar pie pumpkins
Scarlet runner beans
Meyer Lemon (if it survives - I took it in yesterday)
Honeycrisp Apples (need to buy a tree)
If I get the gumption to dig out a bed for asparagus, I'll plant some crowns. I've been wanting to do this for years because we love asparagus, but I'm always put off by the fact I have to wait a few years before harvest. Since I'll be setting up a new 4x4 foot raised bed to move most of my annual herbs into I don't know if I'll be up for it. The new bed won't be as tall as the others I built, but I don't need the depth since it will hold herbs.
I'm also contemplating critters, but the most I would do this year is rabbits - for fiber and manure (more about that in a future post). I'd like to get chickens, but I want to wait until things settle down on the home front before going forward with that. Plus, I need to investigate our neighborhood covenants and find out if the poultry ban is still enforced or if we can follow the Seattle city laws.
Next week I'll be back to doing a Science Friday post. I didn't have enough time this week to research and write the manure post I was planning.