I'd like to thank everyone who has supported the project with ideas or by sharing it with their friends and followers as well as all those who participated last year and helped make the project a success. I'd especially like to thank Richard from Lost The Plot who helped make it a reality. When I first messaged him on Twitter, having never met him or spoken to him before, I sent a short message asking him to email me because I had an idea and within 24 hours he had gotten in touch. We then worked throughout the next few weeks to refine the project and track down more people to join. There are many others who deserve thanks but without Richard's initial support this project would not exist today.
We had a fun time growing last years great selection of edibles and this year we decided to plant similar plants with the same mix of regulars/well known plants and a few unusual ones for you to try. So, without further ado. Here is the Garden Connect Planting Plan for 2015!
Orange Carrots and Purple Carrots
Last year we grew purple carrots and this year I elected to grow a purple and an orange variety which will allow us to compare not only with each other but also with how they did last year.
In 2014 we grew a plum tomato variety, this year I'll be growing a cherry tomato but I didn't want to limit others to a specific variety or type this year. So its up to you as to whether or not you want to grow the same as last year and compare or grow something totally different!
Basil has been praised for being good neighbors with Tomatoes, realistically a small plot of basil next to one tomato plant probably won't offer the benefits of larger plots but perhaps this is a partnership you could extend into the rest of the garden, and even if you don't, they do taste good together.
Celery was a recommendation from a good friend of mine who though it might be interesting to see who would blanch the stems and who wouldn't and what methods might be used for it. Personally I leave em alone but hey, maybe I'll switch it up!
I've never grown spinach (There's a first for everything). It was a recommendation for the plot and as always, I love hearing your thoughts! I'm already taking recommendations for next years plot so if you have an idea. Let me know here!
Eggplant, Kohlrabi and Okra
These are the uniques for this year, I know some of you may have grown one or even all of them, perhaps you even plant them every year but hopefully we picked something that you haven't had before. After all, each year we try to add something unique so that everyone is forced to try something new! I can't wait to see what you think if you haven't had them before.
Last year we grew Nasturtium as our edible flower and it has quite a strong peppery taste which some loved and others well...not so much. I will definitely be growing it again but others said no way so I've picked a new edible flower for this year. There are two different kinds of Marigold that I am aware of, the African Marigold and the Common Marigold, if you know of another that you'd like to grow go for, I haven't decided which I'll be planting but either way they help attract pollinators and apparently, make for a nice light snack!
We debated quite extensively last year as to whether or not to add this space to the plan and in the end decided against it. This year, without consultation I decided to add it. This is the space for you to plant whatever you'd like. Pick something you want to try, really like...anything! In your first update, let us know what and why you picked it though. I often say that the choices you make in your garden define you as a garden and maybe, in that way, we'll learn a little more about you by what you pick.
So I know pepper was in last years plan but this year I want you to switch it up. If you grew a hot pepper last year, try a sweet pepper, if you grew a sweet pepper, try a hot pepper, if you didn't participate, pick whichever you would like! Compare it to peppers you've grown before or let it be an all new experience!
Remember, you can grow as much or as little of the plan as you would like and have room for. If you want to switch something out, go for it, just write why in your updates. We hope you'll enjoy growing along with us throughout the year and we look forward to reading/watching/seeing your updates and connecting with you elsewhere. Do you have any concerns, thoughts or comments, let me know in the comments below or through the form on this page. Take care now...and happy gardening (or seed shopping anyhow)!
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