Arrival of the Seeds

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It’s almost spring and the seeds are here!  Just enough for a small vegetable garden to put away some stash for the winter.  I am keeping it simple this year because we are going to be so busy doing other things.

Generally, permaculture doesn’t do a lot with annuals.  Perennials come back every year so you don’t have to put  as much into them.  Plant them once and a little TLC every now and then.  But they also won’t be ready and providing food right away, and we do need to eat right away, so we will have a vegetable garden.  You also get very different vegetables annually than perennially, and I’m not willing to give up my squash!  Hopefully, every year the perennial garden will be more and more productive and the annual garden will shrink down to only the vegetables that I really like.

This year I will be just planting some  perennials, so I likely won’t get much of anything from them.  I will focus on really learning how to grow the few annuals I picked out.  I have corn, beans and squash/pumpkins which I will grow together using the “three sisters” method.  (I’ll talk about that later)  I also have cabbage, kale and beets.  That’s it. Nice and simple this year.  Maybe next year I’ll add a couple other things.

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