As a brand new yr arrives, I attempt to spend a while quietly reflecting on the previous yr and setting intentions for the approaching 12 months. Part of this course of contains contemplating final yr’s backyard and dreaming up concepts for subsequent yr.
Listed below are among the stuff you may take into consideration as you look by catalogs and select seeds to your 2021 backyard.
Make word of something you have been missing final yr, and make some extra space for it this yr. You probably have extra produce than you’ll be able to eat, protect, or give away, take into account including some extra shelf-stable vegetation to your backyard this yr comparable to dry beans, popcorn, amaranth, or herbs for tea. Don’t really feel like you could develop every thing! There are such a lot of superb native farmers to help all year long.
As you propose your backyard for 2021, do you see any alternatives to squeeze in a canopy crop? Constructing soil natural matter is a crucial a part of backyard resilience; soils with extra natural matter do a greater job of holding on to vitamins and water. A simple and efficient method to construct soil natural matter is to incorporate cowl crops. Don’t really feel like you could plant a canopy crop in each mattress. Problem your self to begin small with one mattress, and construct up in the direction of extra as you get the dangle of it.
Did you may have difficult illnesses in your backyard in 2020? If which illnesses you struggled with final yr, you’ll be able to search for resistant varieties to plant in 2021.
Along with deciding on resistant varieties, keep in mind to rotate your crops. A great rotation is 3 to 4 years, so should you planted tomatoes in your backyard mattress final yr, strive to not plant something from the solanaceous household (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, potatoes) in that spot for the subsequent few years.
For extra details about backyard planning, go to www.extension.umn.edu.
Till subsequent time, blissful gardening!
“I don’t perceive how anybody can stay with out some small place of enchantment to show to.” ― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Robin Trott is a horticulture educator with College of Minnesota Extension. Contact her at 320-762-3890, or at email@example.com.