About this blog...

Food has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Food and the festivities surrounding its arrival to the table has always been a focal point in our family. For many years I have been amassing the cookbooks, recipe cards, cooking journals, diaries, manuscripts and clipping files of our once extensive family.

Personally, I’ve been professionally involved with food for over 40 years in numerous and varied culinary capacities across the country so I also have the collected stories, as well as current and on-going food-related experiences from my own life I’d like to share.

My idea has long been that someday I would bring all of this marvelous raw material together into a culinary journey through our family’s heritage. This journal is the beginnings of that journey.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Produce Garden Plan


It looks like I have my produce garden plan done for this coming year.  The plan is very similar to last year's phenomenally successful garden with a few changes:
Fewer eggplants, more carrots, beets, and greens. A couple of minor changes to the varieties I'll be planting etc.
The overall garden space is about 60'x60' and it is watered by a modular series of drip irrigation manifolds and hoses.  We have a sturdy shrub called cotoneaster planted along the south and west fence lines to help mitigate the effects of our ferocious spring winds.  There is an asparagus bed on the south and a perennial herb bed on the east side.  The rest gets rotated through various types of plants every year.  We try hard not to place plants in the same family (say, nightshades) in the same locations from year to year to help prevent the build-up of diseases or depletion of the soil.           
The whole gets a deep bed about 8-10" of well-composted manure and barn cleanings spread over it early each spring.
Here's a picture of this year's plan (click on the picture for a full-sized view)...

Once I have a plan, I can put together a seed order.  As we get more experienced in high-elevation gardening and find varieties that work well for us here the seed-ordering gets easier and easier.  This year all I had to do was repeat last year's orders with a few small adjustments.
Again this year I found myself ordering primarily from two sources: Fedco Seeds  and Tomato Growers Supply.  Here's what I've ordered so far (comes out to just over $100 in seeds):

0893 - Sugarsnap Snap Pea OG ( A=2oz) 2 x $2.00 = $4.00
1409 - Raven Zucchini ( A=1/8oz) 2 x $1.80 = $3.60
1580 - Sunburst Patty Pan Summer Squash ( A=1/8oz) 2 x $2.00 = $4.00
2051 - Nantes Fancy Carrot OG ( A=1/8oz) 1 x $1.80 = $1.80
2182 - Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beet ( A=1/8oz) 2 x $0.70 = $1.40
2550 - Tyee Spinach ( A=1/4oz) 1 x $1.10 = $1.10
2712 - Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce OG ( A=2g) 1 x $0.90 = $0.90
2713 - Green Ice Lettuce OG ( A=1g) 1 x $1.50 = $1.50
2761 - Red Sails Lettuce OG ( A=2g) 1 x $1.60 = $1.60
2811 - Buttercrunch Lettuce ( A=2g) 1 x $0.70 = $0.70
2865 - Rouge dHiver Lettuce ( A=2g) 1 x $0.70 = $0.70
2910 - Michelle Lettuce OG ( A=1g) 2 x $1.00 = $2.00
3166 - Forest Green Parsley ( A=1/16oz) 1 x $0.70 = $0.70
3303 - Tendergreen Broccoli ( A=0.5g) 2 x $1.20 = $2.40
3313 - Fiesta Broccoli OG ( A=0.2g) 2 x $2.20 = $4.40
3324 - Arcadia Broccoli ( A=0.5g) 2 x $1.70 = $3.40
3685 - Black King Eggplant ( A=0.2g) 1 x $1.40 = $1.40
3764 - Early Jalapeno Hot Pepper ( A=0.5g) 1 x $0.70 = $0.70
3796 - Habanero Hot Pepper ( A=0.5g) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
3837 - Revolution Sweet Pepper ( B=0.2g) 1 x $3.80 = $3.80
3839 - Valencia Sweet Pepper ( B=0.2g) 1 x $3.00 = $3.00
4055 - Rutgers Tomato OG ( A=0.2g) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
4415 - Sweet Basil OG ( A=4g) 1 x $1.50 = $1.50
4422 - Mammoth Basil ( A=1g) 1 x $1.10 = $1.10
4461 - Purple Ruffles Basil ( B=1g) 1 x $3.00 = $3.00
4512 - Chives OG ( A=0.5g) 1 x $1.10 = $1.10
4515 - Cilantro OG ( B=4g) 1 x $2.40 = $2.40
4531 - Bouquet Dill OG ( A=2g) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
4616 - Sweet Marjoram ( A=1g) 1 x $1.10 = $1.10
4672 - Summer Savory ( A=1g) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
5409 - Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower ( A=14g) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
9652 - Ixtapa Hybrid -30 seeds 1  $ 3.70   $ 3.70
9324 - Red Knight X3RHybrid - 30 seeds.  1  $ 3.95  $ 3.95
9262 - Early Sunsation Hybrid - 30 seeds.  1  $ 3.95   $ 3.95
9001 - Bell Boy Hybrid -    30 seeds  1   $ 3.10    $ 3.10
7157 - Florida High Bush Eggplant- 30 seeds 1  $ 3.10 $ 3.10
5646 - Burpee's  Supersteak VFN Hybrid 30 seeds 1  3.35 $ 3.35
4065 - Goliath VFFNT Hybrid - 30 seeds  1  $ 3.35  $ 3.35
3980 - Celebrity VFFNTA  Hybrid - 30 seeds 1  $ 3.65 $ 3.65
3310 - Big Beef VFFNTA  Hybrid- 30 seeds 1 $ 3.50  $ 3.50
15314- Walla Walla Onion plants - 150 ea 1 $16.99
14842- Sugar Ann Snap Pea seed pkt       $2.49

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