Pseudo's Summer (northern hemisphere) of 2011 Garden
So me and the Mrs. are planning our garden for this upcoming season. Itís still bitterly cold here (-45 C with wind chill this morning), but the days are getting longer and dreams of warmer weather are in our minds. We really want to take our garden to the next level this summer. Iíve attached a aerial photo of my house with my proposals for the summer. Iíve had the house for 3 years and have had a modest vegetable garden in the shady back yard. The first season was great, the next season sucked with cold weather and bugs, and last year was just construction of a new fence.
This summer I plan to have 3 growing systems:
1) 1 Ė 2 sq m (10 Ė 20 sq ft) gravel filled grow bed to my 180 gal (650 L) goldfish pond for aquaponics.
2) 2í x 16í ďsquare foot gardenĒ system.
3) Rear dirt garden for potatoes, berries, and pumpkin.
I harvest rainwater and hope to use that as much as possible. Iím a little bit concerned about the asphalt shingles so I may build a slowsand filter to treat the rain water.
My climate is cool, dry, and lots of sun with a 3 month and change growing season. I typically start my seedlings inside in April and plant first weekend in June. I think the cool temperature is my limiting factor when it comes to growth. Iím hopeful that raised bed in the squarefoot gardening system will help as the ground never gets that warm. Also, I plan on building a solar hot water heater for my pond to help with growth in the aquaponics system.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions to help make it a successful season for me Iíd love to hear it.