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What Are You Growing in Your Garden, Farmer Matt?

February 11th, 2009 by Matthew Steinhoff

When I tell people I planted a backyard vegetable garden, after the initial shock wears off, the next question is always ‘what are you growing?’.

The answer is ‘whatever Jan Norris and Tim Whelan (Art by Nature Garden Center) tell me to plant’.

Early 2009 Season Garden Layout

Here is what is in the ground today:
Early 2009 Growing Season Vegetable Garden Layout
(I have taken to looking at garden porn on the internet. The care and skill that goes into creating garden plots is pretty impressive. Amy in Colorado’s chart (and garden), for example, is far more impressive than my own.)

All of these vegetables live in a four-foot by eight-foot plot:

  • Sun Sugar Tomato
  • Tomande Tomato
  • Brandywine Tomato
  • Fairytale Eggplant
  • Striped German Tomato
  • Celebrity Tomato
  • Bell Pepper (two)
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Bird Pepper
  • Decorative Pepper
  • Cilantro (two)
  • Oregano
  • Pumba Yellow Onions (eight)
  • Red Leaf Lettuce (six)
  • Green Magic Broccoli (11)

Vegetable Garden Expansion Plans?

I ran out of room and the garden isn’t even three weeks old. I still need room for snap beans, cucumber, strawberries and watermelon. Today may be the day I finally get around to building an addition onto my garden. I’ll let you know.

—Farmer Matt

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