So long, brewing! Hello, gardening!

With the arrival of warmer weather, it is time for me and the DreadBrewer to hang up the brewing equipment for the next six months and pick up our shovels and rakes.

But, wait? Why don’t we brew year round when we love it so much? Well, beer requires the relatively cool temperature of 68-72 degrees to ferment properly and not taste disgusting. And we are cheap frugal and conscientious consumers, so we keep our thermostat set at 80 in the summer. And beer fermented at 80 tastes terrible. Thus brewing is a 6-month past time for us. Although given the sheer size of our garden, I seriously doubt we could find the time to brew and garden.

I’ve had a couple of posts recently about our garden and I thought that I would post a list of what exactly we are planting this year. You know, for those of you who are wondering how we’re planning on filling all of those raised beds.

So here it is: The DreadBrewer’s master list of what to grow this year. ((Some of these are cold-weather crops, but I’m including them as all of this will be grown in the 2013 Garden Season.)) And yes, I alphabetized the list, including the list within the list.

-Acorn Squash
-Asparagus
-Beans
-Beets
-Blackberries
-Broccoli
-Brussels Sprouts
-Butternut Squash
-Cabbage
-Cantaloupe
-Cauliflower
-Cucumbers
-Garlic
-Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Thyme)
-Hops
-Kale
-Kohlrabi
-Leeks
-Okra
-Onions
-Parsnips
-Peas
-Potatoes
-Raspberries
-Shallots
-Spinach
-Peppers
-Tomatillos
-Tomatoes
-Zucchini

The berries, herbs, hops, and potatoes are actually either in their own beds or their own pots outside of the raised beds.

I’m sure DB would also want me to add an addendum stating how many varieties of each type of plant we’re growing and whether we’re doing it from seed or transplants, but that’s more than you want to know and more than I want to do.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated with pictures as the garden takes off. Needless to say, I’ve decided that this will be the year that I finally learn how to can, as there’s no way we can consume all of the vegetables we’ll be producing. And you can only give away so much, since gardening is pretty big around here and a lot of people are trying to deal with their own surplus veg. So if anyone has any good canning resources or getting started suggestions, share away!

And if you find a bag of zucchini on your doorstep one morning, it wasn’t me.

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