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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Our Garden, What we are planting...with our Plangarden Design

It has taken me a few days, but my Plangarden.com Design is getting pretty close so I thought I would share it with all of you. My Garden Design . The design on here is just the main garden in the back. We are also doing some smaller gardens in the front and side yard, but for now Im just focusing the design on the main garden in the back. There are a few things I will probably change around or add, but most everything is in the ground already so I cant very easily change it once its in the ground! I have really enjoyed this software!!

We have a lot of stuff going on in the garden (as you can see from the picture) but here is a list of the veggies we have planted/or will be planting soon.

These are the Heirloom varieties that we have and that were started from seedlings: 
Early Prolific Straight-neck Squash
Dark Green Zucchini
Golden Delicious Squash
Tendercrisp Celery
Blends – Heirloom Salad
Sugar Daddy Pea
Jalapeno Pepper
Habanero Pepper
California Wonder Pepper (arent doing so good)
California Wonder Pepper, Gold (arent doing so good)
California Wonder Pepper, Purple (arent doing so good)
Amsterdam Minicor Carrot
Chantenay Royal Carrot
Crystal Wax Onion
Red Creole Onion
Easter Egg Radish
Watermelon Radish
White Lisbon Onion
Evergreen White Bunching Onion
Waltham #29 Broccoli
Calabrese Broccoli
Viroflay Spinach
New Zealand Spinach
New England Pie Pumpkin
Amish Pie Pumpkin
Cherokee Wax Bean
Contender Bean
Tender-green Improved Bean
Besser Tomato
Brandywine Tomato, Red
Brandywine Tomato, Yellow
Porter Tomato
Scarlet Beefsteak Tomato
Bush Sugar Baby Watermelon
Crimson Sweet Watermelon
Basil, Genovese
Basil, Sweet
Bee Balm
Chamomile, German
Chives, Garlic
Coriander/ Cilantro
Evening Primrose
Lavender, English
Lemon Balm
Marsh Mallow
Mustard, Brown
Parsley, Italian
St Johns-wort
Purple Italian Globe Artichoke
Mary Washington Asparagus
Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower
Velvet Queen Sunflower
Marigold, African
Marigold, Signet

We also have a few non Heirloom seeds that we started from seed:
3 Tobacco varieties

Then we have just a few that we purchased as plants:
Peppers (Our pepper seedlings just arent looking so great so we are going to purchase a few peppers as well)

We also purchased:
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Red Potatoes
A few onion varieties

That is the run down of the plants we have going on in the backyard. Most of the seed packets we purchased still have quite a few seeds in them so they are in a container in the freezer so hopefully we can use them next year and save some extra money on seeds!
We are going to try and save our seeds this year (but we've never done this before so who knows!) and then we wont have to buy the majority of our seeds next year either...PLUS we just want to learn how to save our seeds!

It is extremely excitting to watch these tiny little plants grow from such small seeds. It is encouraging to see the garden finally starting to get some green!


  1. Wow, that's a lot of plants. Can't wait to hear about it!! And when you learn how to save your seeds and replant them, let me know!!

  2. I can't wait to try seed saving! We've never done it before, but we sure are excited to learn! And we will definitely post when we try