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Planting my Garden: Year One



In my last post I talked about our not-so-great outdoor space at the house.  The garden space left much to be admired, so I made a plan B and am gardening at my mother-in-law’s acreage.  There is a ton of space, so I’m lucky enough to be able to plant the garden of my dreams.  Possibly nightmares come September.

Here’s the garden plan so far:


If you can’t make out everything in the picture, the rows are as follows:

  1. Early Red Potatoes
  2. Late Red Potatoes
  3. Carrots and Parsnips
  4. Yellow Onions
  5. Salad Bowl Lettuce, Early Spinach, 5 Colour Swiss Chard, Butter Crunch Lettuce, and a later variety of Spinach.  Still looking for Kale seeds in the stores.
  6. Alaska Peas (earlier growing) and Arrow Peas (later growing)
  7. Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Dill, Spanish Onions (to be used as green onions), and Cylindric Beets
  8. Green Beans & Yellow Beans
  9. More Beets and Beans
  10. Yellow Zucchini & Green Zucchini
  11. Cucumbers
  12. Space left for tomatoes
  13. Zinnias, Marigolds, and Sweet peas

I read up on companion planting and tried my best to follow it.  Here’s a useful chart if you’d like to give it a try.

Every row is 50 feet.  I’ve left space for tomatoes, and peppers will go by the potatoes.  We might also plant some watermelon, squash, and pumpkins.  I had wanted to start my own tomatoes and peppers as I’ve done in the past, but the stress of having two houses was a bit much.


My garden starts where the old sunflower is and ends approximately where I am fake hoeing for the camera.  About 4 hours later the garden looks like this:


Thankfully, I had my sweet little helper by my side during the cooler hours of this process.


I used to dread helping my parents & grandma garden as a girl on the farm, but it’s a lot different now that its my own.  Unfortunately, I think I blocked out a lot of those memories.  I feel like I should know what to do but am drawing a big blank.  As my mother-in-law says, “things grow, so not to worry.”

Hopefully it all grows.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying playing in the dirt.


Do you have a garden this year?  What are you growing?  I love seeing your comments!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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