Garden Plan 2016


Here is a layout of my garden for 2016. With so much going on I don’t think I’m going to get a chance to till the secondary garden for my tall plants, but if I have time, I might try planting loofas in the back forty.

The tally for this year is as follows:

Green and Speckled Bush Beans
Bee Balm
Blackberry Bush
Blueberry Bushes
Bok Choy
Brussel Sprouts
Sugar Snap Peas, and whole peas
Serrano, Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Bell, and Poblano
Yellow, Zucchini, and Patty Pan, Spaghetti Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Roma, Cherokee Purple, 2 different yellow tomatoes, and Better Boy

Ordinarily I’d grow the corn and sunflowers in the secondary garden. This year I’ll plant a token bed for each in the main garden.

The graphic below is how my raised beds are set up. I have a large asparagus bed to the left of this, and several smaller beds for greens and lettuces situated around the chicken pen.

Garden Plan 2016, raised bed

I’d like to get a couple more blueberry and blackberry bushes. I also need to move my grapes, but I think it’s too late in the year to do that now

How does your garden grow? What are you planting this year? Do you have any reliable favorites to suggest? I’m trying a new green bean this year and some new lettuce varieties. (My lettuce is beautiful, but every year it’s bitter. Still trying to work that out.)


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  1. Wow! With all you grow, do you ever even have to go to the grocery store? 🙂

    I would love to grow sunflowers! I don’t have any of my own green space though…I wonder if I could grow them in pots?

    I do want to get some potted bougainvillea and/or allamanda and/or hibiscus plants to bring some color to the front and back of the house.

    • Madeline: Sunflowers are really BIG plants. But I think there are dwarf varieties now.

      re: groceries
      My downfall is my (so far) inability to successively plant so my plants produce through most of the year. We also have a three month period of intense heat during the summer where few plants produce.

      But I’m trying every year, and every year I get a little bit better at it.

  2. Lettuce goes bitter when it gets hot. Unfortunately, in Texas, you may not be able to do anything about that except perhaps trying to grow it in the winter. Look for heat tolerant and slow-to-bolt varieties, particularly. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to enjoy some of the lettuce out of MY garden this spring before it gets bitter, since we’ve already been having sporadic 70-80 degree days. :/

  3. Angela Brown

    Bear in mind, if there’s any apocalyptic issues, me, kiddo, and Molly are headed your way since you’ve got some serious self-sustaining going on lol! We’ll make ourselves useful 🙂

    • Betty: It was a process a long time in the making. We’re slowing getting it to where we want it, but it takes time–and money. The boxes, the drip irrigation system, and the weed barrier mats are expensive. (We’re still not done buying mats.) And it takes time to make enough compost for all those beds. Hopefully by next year it will be more maintenance than new expenses.

  4. Wow! I am in awe. Your garden is better than a supermarket! I managed to grow two things this year: fava beans and kale. I got a few very tiny kale plant which yielded about a cup of fresh greens. The fava plants look beautiful and have lots of flowers. There a few pods beginning to grow, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • I can grow a lot of stuff–as long as there’s water, as you well know. Last year was wonderful. I hardly had to turn on the irrigation, but we’ll have to see if Mother Nature is as generous this year.

      re: I don’t grow a lot of beans, but Greg has taken to my bean soups so much I think I’ll plan for different types of beans next year.

  5. Jenny: Well, it was a plan created over several years. At first it was just a few boxes, then it was weed block material, then it was drip irrigation tubes and plumbing. It’s still hard work to turn over the garden, but at least I do less weeding than I used to.

    I will do almost anything to get out of weeding. 🙂

  6. I’m impressed with the size and sheer scope of your garden. That’s a lot of work. I know how much time my hubby spends in the garden and ours is much, much smaller. Lettuce seems to need a lot of water in order to taste good. At least, that’s what we’ve found.

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