For 2021, I have resolved to plan ahead and make my best effort. I also want to experiment with companion planting and hay bale gardening.
Last year, I had an old haybale siting in the yard that spontaneously sprouted a pumpkin vine that gave us three large pumpkins. I never had to water or fertilize the hay bale pumpkin, even when the rest of my garden needed constant watering. I would like to see if the same would be true if I intentionally plant in hay bales. So that's what I will try (in addition to my regular raised beds).
Another idea I want to try is companion planting. Companion planting groups different plants as teams. For instance, beans planted alongside watermelon introduce nitrogen into the soil that helps the watermelon. The watermelon vines sprawl out over the ground to choke out weeds that might cripple the beans. Low growing watermelons won't bother the beans because the beans will climb up a trellis.
Also, I will add certain flowers and herbs as companions in the garden because they repel bugs and other pest. Some companion flowers and herbs I will grow are sunflowers, nasturtium, marigolds, rosemary, dill, oregano, and mint.
Here is a list of vegetables I want to grow this year.
- Yellow Stuttgarter Onions
- California Softneck Garlic
- Serbian Hardneck Garlic
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Lima Beans
- Yellow Squash and/or Zucchini