There are things you do in the winter to keep from going bonkers that it has been below zero for five days in a row and there are an estimated 14 more inches of snow on the way.  One of them is to dream about how lovingly you will mulch your dirt.

Oh, just me then?  Ok.

And then there’s plot planning.  Seth and I were late on this, but it doesn’t really matter so long as you get it done before seeding time.  And even then, you can futz with things.  Which is good, because frankly my plot plan has already changed from this version.

Plot Plan

The beds are all to scale.  Not so much the paths, and I couldn’t be arsed to draw in our fence line, which is basically the perimeter of the drawing, with the bottom right corner cut off for our gate. Some of the planting areas are off because I couldn’t convince Excel that it could master the half square fill in order to give my tomatoes and eggplants 18 square inches per plant. I say this knowing full well some smart-aleck will come along and give me a three second tutorial that will solve everything.

Our final tally is:

  • 13 tomatoes
  • 3 eggplant
  • 1 jalepeno
  • 4 broccoli
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 6 basil
  • 3 parsley
  • 1 oregano
  • Innumerable radish, carrots, peas, green beans, and greens
  • 0 zucchini (thank goodness.  I’m still cooking through last year’s glut.)