The One about My Vegetable Garden Plans for 2017

This year, California has received so much rain that it has helped alleviate our drought problem.

But still, we need to practice safe watering because we are not necessarily out of the woods yet.  And that means, I will need to find other means of having a vegetable garden.

For the past few years, I avoided doing any gardening because of the drought and that the type of gardening I did, required a lot of water.

But when I plant and grow my own vegetables organically, I feel better.  I feel healthier.  And also, all the work that goes into it is almost a solid workout, in addition to my daily workout.  So, there is so many positives of why to grow your own vegetables.  And if you are a veggie fan like me, it’s definitely worth doing.

For 2017, having rain water reserves (thanks to my DIY rain barrels) and also able to use water on designated days, I am going to focus on container-based gardening.

This is what I currently have planned:

Tomatoes:

Momotaro from Japan 桃太郎 (トマト) – Started seeding on February 7th
Heirloom Beefsteak – Started seeding on January 27th
Cherry – Started seeding on January 27th
Black Cherry – Started seeding on January 27th
Chocolate Cherry – Started seeding on January 28th
Super Snow White  – Started seeding on January 27th
Russian Black Sea Man – Started seeding on January 30th
San Marzano – Started seeding on February 17th

Peppers:

Usual – Greed, Red, Yellow – Started seeding on January 11th
Chocolate Beauty Sweet Pepper – Started seeding on January 27th
Golden Greek Pepperoncini – Started seeding on January 30th

Carrots:

Parisian Round Carrot – Started seeding on January 29th
Kyoto Red Carrot/Kintoki Ninjin 金時人参(京にんじん) – Started Seeding on February 1st
Juane du Doubs Yellow – Started seeding on January 30th

Eggplant:

Kamo Nasu from Japan 賀茂なす – Started seeding on January 28th
Choryoku Nasu from Japan 長緑なす
Chouja Nasu (Millionaire Eggplant) from Japan 長者 なす – Started seeding on February 1st
Casper White – Started seeding on February 7th

Others:

Spacemaster Cucumber – Started seeding on February 5th
Straight Eight Cucumber – Started Seeding on February 5th
Italian Cocozelle Zucchini – Started seeding on February 5th
Costata Romanesco Zucchini – Started seeding on February 5th
Striata d’Italia Zucchini – Started seeding on February 5th
Japanese Red Kuri Squash/Uchikikuri (ウチキクリ) – Started seeding on February 3rd
Cauliflower – Started from base in early January and growing leaves right now (as documented on my blog post)
Sweet Potatoes – Started setting up in glass water on January 27th
Green Onions/Scallions – In glass filled with water
Japanese Red Beard Bunching Onions
Spring Green Onions – In glass filled with water
Mushrooms – In box – Started on February 4th
Peppercorn Plant

Fruits:

Giant Strawberry – Started seeding on January 31st
Pineberry from Japan
Hokkaido Tohma Densuke watermelon from Japan (でんすけすいか)

Herbs:

Basil – In Pots (January 2017)
Chives – In small container (January 2017)
Cilantro – In can (February 2017)
Flat Italian Parsley (February 2017)
Garden Gray Sage – In Pot (February 2017)
Italian Oregano – In Pots (January 2017)
Lemon Thyme (February 2017)
Oregano – In small container (January 2017)
Parsley – In small container (January 2017)

I will document on how things go for each vegetable and herbs each week on my blog!


 

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