Joe's
Digital Garden

Victory Garden

The [[Winter Garden]] experiment over the winter of 2021-22 in which I started growing potatos in our Arizona room is slowly growing into a full fledge victory garden.

Goals

Explore gardening as a creative act. Make a space that is both utilitarian but also pleasing to engage.

First year goals would be to simply produce anything at all.

Long term goals: provide fresh and fermented vegetables for my household year round including winter greens, tubers, and sprouts. If possible, produce enough to donate to others in the community.

Planned Plants

Tubers

  • Potatos
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Onions

Veggies

  • Arugula
  • Orach
  • Lamb's Quarter
  • Cabbage
  • Tomato
  • Peppers
  • Beans

Herb Garden

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Sprouts

Shrubs

  • Blueberries
  • Rasberries
  • Fig Tree

How Many to Plant?

The Spruce recommends 200 square feet per person for in-season eating. 4,000 square feet per person for a year's worth of eating. Available space to garden in the yard is at most 4,200 square feet (space not covered by the house and the driveway = 60'x70').

Adjusted for two people.

PlantThe SpruceGarden GatePrairie Homestead
Beans10'60 plants30 plants
Beets15'30 plants60 plants
Cabbage5 plants8 plants
Carrots10'100 plants60 plants
Collards/Kale5 plants10 plants
Greens10'12 plants
Onions5'40 plants
Potato20 plants40 plants
Peppers6 plants10 plants10 plants
Tomatoes5 plants8 plants
Turnips10'40 plants

I'm using the collards/kale category as a stand in for the orach and lamb's quarter. Assume parsnips need the same space and number as turnips.

Garden Gate further gives some idea of how much space per plant to assume:

PlantSpace
Beets3 plants/ft
Beans2 plants/ft
Carrots12 plants/ft
Onions4 plants/ft
Peppers1 plant/ft
Tomatoes1 plant/2ft
Potato1 plant/ft

Conclusions

Based on the above, I conclude the following.

PlantNumber to GrowSpace Needed
Potato40 plants40'
Beet30 plants15'
Carrot60 plants10'
Turnip40 plants10'
Parsnip40 plants10'
Arugula40 plants10'
Onions40 plants10'
Orach10 plants10'
Lamb's Qtr10 plants10'
Cabbage8 plants16'
Tomato5 plants10'
Peppers10 plants10'
Beans30 plants15'
Totals363 plants176'

There is roughly 100' of existing garden bedding at the cabin installed by the previous owners. An addition 70' of bedding would be needed. It might be possible to make this up using a combination of potted planting in the Arizona room or additional planters.

Herbs will be grown indoors in pots. Blueberries and raspberries already have their own designated spaces in the yard. The fig will grow in a large pot to be moved indoors during the winter.

Might want to consider a project to build additional beds in the spring; till the existing soil; and establish fencing to keep out the elk.

External References

  1. Iannotti, Marie. How Much to Plant Per Person in the Vegetable Garden. The Spruce. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  2. Ribbey, Sherri. Calculate How Many Vegetables to Plant. Garden Gate. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  3. Winger, Jill. How Much to Plant Per Person in the Garden. The Prairie Homestead. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  4. Japanese Natural Farming Guru Kawaguchi Yoshikazu. Nippon. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  5. Yhoshiyuki, Nagahata. “Satoyama”: Living Together with Nature. Nippon. Retrieved 2022-30-30.

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