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Homesteading: Grow Your Own Food – Planting Schedule

January is the planning and ordering month. I order several trays of seedlings from Image of sunflowersBanner Greenhouse in Nebo, NC. These orders require 6-8 weeks of advance order prior to shipping. I like to order my trays for the full year so that I can stick to my plan. There are a lot of great options for seedlings but for the quantity that I am looking for I cannot find a better deal than Banner – many of my trays are $10 – $12! I also pay an extra $35 to have them shipped to my door. I acknowledge that part of the homestead credo is Do It Yourself – a clear violation with this order and delivery – but the amount of time and hassle that this saves me allows our production system to get much closer to producing 80% or more of our food supply. It also allows us insurance in meeting our goal to eat a salad from our garden everyday.

For a mid-March planting my order includes the following:

  • Broccoli var Green Magic, 72 cell trayImage of canning
  • Cabbage var Ruby Perfection, 72 cell tray
  • Kale var Red Russian, 128 cell tray
  • Spinach var Bloomsdale Long Standing, 128 cell tray
  • Beets var Bull’s Blood, 128 cell tray with 3 plants per cell
  • Lettuce var Red Sails, 128 cell tray

For an early May planting my order includes the following:

  • Tomato var Amish Paste, 72 cell trayImage of vegetables
  • Sweet pepper var Lunch Box (mixed), 72 cell tray
  • Eggplant var Nadia, 72 cell tray
  • Asian greens var Tatsoi, 72 cell tray
  • Swiss chard var Rainbow, 72 cell tray
  • Lettuce var Muir, 72 cell tray

For an early September planting my order includes the following:

  • Broccoli var Imperial, 72 cell trayImage of plants
  • Cabbage var Ruby Perfection, 72 cell tray
  • Kale var Winterbor, 128 cell tray
  • Spinach var Carmel, 128 cell tray
  • Beets var Cylindra, 128 cell tray with 2 plants per cell
  • Brussels Sprouts var Hestia, 72 cell tray

Throughout the year I also direct seed many of my crops. I save my own seed for open-pollinated varieties and I purchase seed from a variety of seed catalogs and home garden stores for others.

I also plan for the following direct seeding events:

January:

  • Snap peas (late January) – 25 ft row

February:

  • Snap peas – 25 ft row
  • Beets – 50 ft row
  • Turnips – 100 ft row
  • Rutabaga – 50 ft row
  • Greens – 25 ft row

March:

  • Irish potato var Kennebec, Purple Majesty, Red Soda – 25 pounds of seed pieces in total for 250 ft row
  • Snap peas – 25 ft row
  • Beets – 50 ft row
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Sweet onions, intermediate day variety – 300 transplants

April:

  • Corn var Bloody Butcher – 2 lb of seed, 800 ft row
  • Bush beans – 100 ft row
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Parsnips – 200 ft row

May:

  • Sweet potato var Bayou Belle – 1000 slips

    Image of sweet potato slips

    1000 sweet potato slips, shipped in a box

  • Winter squash – butternut var Waltham – 100 mounds
  • Summer squash – zucchini – 10 mounds
  • Summer squash – yellow crookneck – 10 mounds
  • Sweet corn var Silver Queen – 1 lb of seed, 400 ft row
  • Okra – 25 ft row
  • Bush beans – 100 ft row
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Basil var Eleonora – 25 ft row

June:

  • Bush beans – 100 ft row
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Summer squash – zucchini – 10 mounds
  • Summer squash – yellow crookneck – 10 mounds
  • Okra – 25 ft row

July:

  • Bush beans – 100 ft rowImage of Colorado potato beetle
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Summer squash – zucchini – 10 mounds
  • Summer squash – yellow crookneck – 10 mounds

Aug:

  • Bush beans – 100 ft row
  • Greens* – 25 ft row
  • Beets – 200 ft row
  • Turnips – 200 ft row
  • Rutabaga – 100 ft row
  • Carrots – 200 ft row

Sept:

  • Bush beans – 100 ft row (last planting in 1st week of Sept)

    Image of propane and canners

    each canner can hold 7 quarts

  • Greens* – 25 ft row

Oct:

  • Garlic – 50 ft row
  • Strawberries var Chandler – 100 plugs

*Greens – For Feb., March, and Aug. greens I go with cool-season types, for April, May, June, and July planting I go with heat tolerant greens, and for Sept. greens I go with cold tolerant varieties.

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