What are your gardening goals for next year?
Mine go like this. (We're in one of the colder areas of
zone 5, in northern PA, in the mountains.)
1. To produce all the veggies and salad stuff we eat year
round (by extending the season with a hoophouse and row
covers, and by freezing, drying, or canning) - EXCEPT winter
squash, sweet corn, and maybe potatoes and onions and
I haven't space enough to grow winter squash or sweet corn,
and I can buy potatoes, onions, and carrots reasonably year
round. I'll grow *some*
potatoes, onions, and carrots but
won't be able to grow a whole year's supply.
2. To grow some of our fruit. We planted blueberries,
blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb and gooseberries this
year. We'll probably plant more blueberries next year, and
maybe a fruit tree or two. And a kiwi vine or two, *if*
can get a friend to build a strong trellis for them (he
builds beautiful trellises/arbors). I'd like to put
strawberries in next year too.
3. I have a goal of eating something fresh from the garden
every single day of the year. By dint of using the big bay
window ledge to grow mini-tomatoes (etc.) indoors in winter
- as well as by season-extension with a hoophouse - I can
accomplish this without too much difficulty.
4. In addition, I have a goal of producing $500 profit from
the garden next year, $1000 the year after next, and
We haven't enough room for to do this by selling fresh
veggies (low profit margin), but I *might*
be able to do it
by selling miniature vegetable plants, herb plants, started
vegetable plants, and started perennial flower plants. I
will certainly try.
We're living on a minute, fixed income (health problems) so
meeting these goals would make a very, very substantial
contribution to our welfare and standard-of-living. Even
meeting the first two goals will help a lot.
The same health problems that keep us from working, however,
often make it difficult for us to meet gardening goals. But
I think we can do it.
What are *your*
next year's gardening goals?
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