Thanks for the love on my first gardening blog post! It’s scary writing about a new topic for the first time but I’m really excited for this new challenge. Before I share how this past weekend went on the garden front I thought I would share a little bit more about what we’ll be planting in our backyard garden this year.
We decided what to plant by mostly thinking about the amount of space we had to work with, what we liked to eat, and what would actually grow here in Manitoba. We decided not to start any seed indoors this year but this is something we would consider exploring in the future. I think we chose a well rounded group of veggies to plant this year, check out what we’re growing below!
Cold Weather Crops
Garlic, shallots, red onions, radishes – I decided to try my hand at some of these staples. The shallots and garlic were an impromptu decision I made at Home Depot and we ended up planting them in a bit of a sketchy location. I’m not sure how they will turn out, but year one is a learning year! The onions and radishes will be in our sunny main garden plot, I hope they do well!
Swiss chard and kale – These are our go-to greens and we plan to plant them in at least two locations to figure out where they grow best. We selected these as our only greens because they are hardy and versatile.
Warm Weather Crops
Beans – We plan to plant pole beans also in a couple locations to see how they grow. We got our bean seeds from Mr A’s dad who saved the seeds from his beans. His seeds are from Toronto so I hope they do well in our Winnipeg soil 😉
Cucumber and zucchini – I will be planing one zucchini plant, I repeat ONE. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to cope with what grows!
Tomatoes – Again, we plan to plant these in a few different spots to try and figure out the best place to grow them in the future. I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll have more tomatoes than we can handle at the end of the summer.
Italian parsley – I’m going to try and grow the parsley in the ground this year. If the winter doesn’t kill it, it should come back next year.
Dill, oregano, basil, thyme – Undecided about where and how these will be planted.
What we aren’t planting, but I wish we were…
Eggplant! – Would have to be started inside though because we don’t have a long enough growing season.
Potatoes, peas – Really require a lot of room, less bang for your buck.
Carrots – Sound a little fussy and also like sandy soil (our soil is very clay based). Maybe we’ll try them another year.
If you’re looking for more information on gardening in Manitoba check out Getty’s gardening posts – they have been so valuable during our garden planning process.
Let’s chat – Have you ever grown any of these veggies before? Have you had luck growing shallots before?