I have two gardens in Ypsilanti but neither is at a Project Grow site. I grew my cut flowers on about a half acre of land I rented from Dawn Farm. When I closed the business I fenced in about 1/10 of that space (twelve 100 square foot beds) and continue to rent that. I also have a fenced 20 x 40 square foot garden at at my home.
The Dawn Farm garden is about half edible perennials - 100sf of blueberry plants, 200sf of raspberries, 100sf of strawberries, 50df of asparagus, and 100sf holding two grape vines. This year I am going to plant 200 square feet of flowers for cutting and the other 400 square feet will be sweet corn, collards, pimentos, bush beans and ground cherries. At home I will be growing carrots, parsley root, tomatoes, melons plus sweet peas and a few other flowers. In addition I will be putting about 8 or 9 blueberry plants. Blueberries are have grown very slowly for me at Dawn Farm but they seemed to take off last year. It was their 5th year, which seems glacially slow to me, but they are great so I was encouraged to try some more at home.
Seeds I Ordered from Fedco
- Spring Treat
- Silver Queen
These have staggered maturities and I each one gets 1/3 of a 100 sf bed. It is an extravagant use of space but you really need that for corn.
- Scarlet Nantes
- Black Cherry (saved from tomatoes last year)
- Aunt Ruby's German Green (saved from tomatoes last year)
- Sun Gold
I will get some others from the Project Grow plant sale but not sure which ones yet
I also have seeds left over from previous years for:
- Sweet pimento
- Vates collards
- Parsley root
What Got Squeezed Out
To make room for the flowers I will not be growing some things I grew the last couple years. These include cabbage, onions and parsnips. It is fun to grow all three, and I am sure the cabbage and parsnips taste better than the ones from the store, but I had to give up something and these were the bottom of the list.