Planning a Baby Food Garden

| 3/13/2015 12:09:00 PM

Tags: seed catalogs, gardening, parenting, homesteading,,

Much like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, “extra” time and space don’t seem to exist. Even so, I apparently decided to fill both of those “extras” with a new baby! That’s right, we’ll be saying hello to a new little girl come spring—and saying goodbye to our so-called spare room and spare time.

That means, in the middle of winter, I’m trapped inside and in full nesting mode. As I may have mentioned before, winter is not my favorite season. In fact, it’s not even in my top three. Therefore, I’ve spent much of my time insisting the house isn’t clean enough, making the kids schlep furniture from one room to the next, pouring candles, cooking, and planning my new garden. Generally, I’ve been making everyone around me insane.

We moved into this house a little late last season to get planting, so I’ve been putting a lot of attention toward it this year—you know, the obsessive type of attention pregnant women tend to excel at.

Michelle's seed catalogs As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to feed this baby as organically and naturally as possible, including breastfeeding (my first time) and making baby food. That includes growing many of the veggies I’ll use in her meal prep—in other words, a baby food garden. This took a bit of advanced planning, as she won’t start eating food until next winter.

For starters, our garden this year will be an ambitious 1,500 square feet, larger than I’ve had previously. I’m committed to growing what I can preserve and what I know the family will eat. After combing through my seed catalogs and the very few baby cookbooks I could find, I’ve decided to plant a wide variety of flowers and produce, focusing on veggies I can freeze in bulk. This means lot of peas and carrots, beans, berries, and squash of all types. Here’s my full order for 2015:

•Blauhilde beans (purple)
•Dragon Tongue beans (yellow)
•Sunset and Streamline runner beans (green)
•Envy edamame
•Oxheart and Lunar white carrots
•Chicago pickling cucumbers
•Garden huckleberries
•Cherry Vanilla quinoa
•Cimarron and Butter King lettuce
•Southport and Wethersfield onions
•Little Marvel peas
•Lilac Bell and Etuida peppers
•Giant Nobel spinach
•Fordhook zucchini
•Jersey Giant (red) and Cream Sausage (white) tomatoes
•Strawberry watermelon
•Country Gentleman sweet corn
•Early Prolific straight squash
•Genovese basil
•Stinging nettle

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