The winter months can sometimes seem to drag on forever, especially when the temps stay below freezing and the snow is flying. What really makes winter furn for me is planning my Kitchen Garden.
Fall PrepIn the fall I pull out the spent plants, loosen the soil, and rake in some organic materials. I use straw and manure that was previously cleaned out of the hen house, crushed egg shells, dead leaves and wood ash from our fireplace. I rake that into the beds and let the garden rest for the winter. These organics replenish the depleted nutrients. When the ground begins to thaw, I occasionally turn the composting soil. You can read more about how we originally built and composted our garden beds.
Layout and Plant SelectionMy kitchen garden is not that large (16'x16'), but I can pack a lot veggies and herbs in it by utilizing a vertical and square foot gardening design. It is so easy and fun to lay out and plan my garden with garden planning software.This is my new layout for my 2015 garden. (Click here to view my detailed garden plan with a full description of the plants.)
|Maple Grove Kitchen Garden 2015 Plan|