We have a huge garden every year. We plant tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, squash, lettuce, pumpkin, onions, radish, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, beets, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting. We order our seed from Heritage Harvest. They are non-gmo heritage varieties. We prefer those because they are very sturdy and low maintenance. We've had great success with all their seeds and tend to get veggies with minimal pest damage because they're naturally more resistant to pests than modern varieties. We also have many heritage apple trees on our property, and a few years ago, planted 4 pear trees. Our two beehives do a good job pollenating everything on the property. We do not use any pesticides or herbicides on our property.
Since there's still snow on the ground here, we've started a few things indoors to pass the time. I have lettuce, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon that just sprouted, and my daughter planted some old squash seeds from last year's squash we just ate a couple of weeks ago. The plants are now huge! I had to build a trellis so they could keep growing out of the pot. There are several flowers about to open. Going to have to read up on how to cross-pollenate using Q-tips once they bloom. We would not normally plant all this stuff inside, but I figured why not. It's nice to watch the greenery grow while stuck home.
, we do keep our rows far apart enough to run the tiller between them and that helps. But what we found most effective was strips of landscape fabric between the rows. That made our job so much easier. I also hate weeding.