The Crops Are Coming Up on Our Suburban Homestead


Karen LynnSpring is here! Coming up already at our Lil’ Suburban Homestead we have irises, carrots, radishes, peppers and so much more! I love spring, it’s such an exciting time of promise and hope in the garden, and I am so glad to share our excitement with all of you!

We have a 1/3 of an acre in Coastal North Carolina. We typically grow our produce in raised beds and have lots of container gardens because of our sandy soil. When we first arrived in this area and I was so frustrated with gardening, I knew we would have to research what to do so we could have our delicious tomatoes, crunchy peppers, and yummy eggplant again. 

Containers, raised beds and proper soil amendments were the way to go for us, and we have not looked back. In our area, it is so easy to grow collards. I recommend, if you live in North Carolina for sure, you try your hand at collards and sweet potatoes and, even if you don’t like collards, go ahead and grow them because you can barter with them for something you do like.

We are still planting and we are doing more and more succession planting at our Lil’ Suburban Homestead to make sure we have crops coming up just about every week or two. I also love to keep some perennial veggies in the garden. For now we have some herbs that seed themselves every year and keep coming back, and we also have chicory, asparagus and radicchio that return as well.

Each year I try to add another perennial just as I try to add a permanent edible part of our garden such as another fruit or nut tree. I also try to stick with smaller varieties because we are in suburbia.

What do you have growing on your homestead? Are you planting seeds or plants or both? We diversify to make sure we are getting a stream of supplemental produce all season long!

5/5/2015 9:42:13 PM

Karen, I am in central NC and you have sand---I have red clay. Like stick to your shoes and 'take those off outside before you come in' type clay. Sweet potatoes for sure, turnips when the time is right my asparagus will not be harvestable until next year, yet I will say it got a jump on me this year. Mine looks just like your picture, I may need my chainsaw to cut that stuff down! Write of you want we can share notes. Jim

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