Garden Plan 2016

Versailles garden plan

What is planted where in my 2016 garden in 2016. Another work in progress…

Bed 1

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Purple beefsteak tomatoes
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Yellow tomatoes

Planted from seeds started in February. They were fairly leggy and a big mistake was not thinning each pot to a single plant. The patch grew way too thickly, and the harvest suffered. Planted in early June.

I staked the toms using the Florida weave system. It worked nicedly at first, but the weight of the plants was eventually too much. The cheapo wooden trellis stakes I bought at the home center rotted by the end of the summer and fell over. The staking twine I got was pretty crappy too.

I did get a decent harvest of romas, and a few of the purple beefsteaks. But blossom rot and slugs (ugh!) were a problem. The romas made good sauce and went into a couple batches of ratatouille, as well as for some nice Greek salads. The beefsteaks were mainly sliced for breakfasts and sandwiches.

Bed 2

  • White eggplant
  • Japanese eggplant
  • Italian eggplant
  • Okra

Started eggplant seeds indoors. Transplanted outdoors in late May and seeded the okra directly in the ground after soaking seeds overnight.

Okay, I love okra, but sheesh. Two rows grew to 7 foot tall each. And the okra kept coming. The eggplant did okay, but wasn’t particularly prolific.

I breaded, baked and froze about a gallon of okra. The rest I pickled or let go to seed. Grandma Vera got some too. The eggplant went into moussaka, ratatouille and baba ghanoush. Next year I want to make some Italian melanzane sott’olio or Syrian makdous.

Bed 3

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Pickling cucumbers

Bed 4

  • Mexican Midget tomatoes
  • Beefsteak tomatoes
  • Golden tomatoes
  • Amish paste tomatoes

Bed 5

  • Habanero peppers
  • Purple Beauty peppers
  • Fresno peppers
  • Hungarian frying peppers

Bed 6

  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas

Bed 7

  • Cannellini beans
  • Peas

Bed 8

  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Pickling cucumbers

Bed 9

  • Green cabbage
  • Kale

Prairie Patch

  • Mini pumpkins
  • Cantaloupe

South Shed Bed

  • Charentais canteloupe
  • Yellow acorn squash
  • Butternut squash
  • Italian basil

East Shed Bed

  • Turkey craw shelling beans
  • Italian Romano green beans
  • Cilantro

West Shed Bed

  • Red onions
  • Yellow onions
  • Shallots
  • Dill
  • Dipper gourds

Shade Garden

  • Rutabagas
  • Red and yellow and white carrots
  • Radishes
  • Chiogga beets
  • Parsnips

Deck Planters

  • Fresno peppers
  • Habanero peppers
  • Arugula
  • Baby mustard greens
  • Pansies
  • Rosemary
  • Rau ram

Front Herb Garden

  • Thai basil
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon verbena
  • Lavender
  • Common sage
  • Lemon, woolly and common thyme
  • Greek oregano
  • Parsley

Next Year

  • Scallions
  • Chives
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Daikon