This Year In the Garden
We’re growing the garden a good bit this year. We started with 3 4’X4′ Raised Beds last year and a patch along our house. This year, we’re adding 3 more 4’X4′ Raised beds, 2 2X8 raised beds and 2 4X8 raised beds. Maybe crazy, but it was so much fun last year that we (I) decided to get crazy! Looking at the list(and mostly at the containers of seeds) seems daunting some days. But there’s such a therapeutic element of sitting and making lists and getting excited. Lists of each kind(herbs, veggies, flowers, fruits, greens, tomatoes(they get their own category), roots, “others.” Lists of what needs to be started early under grow-lights and what needs to be started early outside to love the cold and what is easier to just wait and put in after the last chance of frost is gone. Amazingly, about 35% of the seeds are already planted. Two weeks(or was it three??) ago I got plants started in the basement early, just in case they didn’t work. They did and are growing – much to my endless amazement. Yesterday I got two full beds planted, sorted the rest of the seeds and got even more seeds started in the basement. Not I just need to plant another round of seeds outside in another two weeks to stagger the growth and I’ll be sitting on my hands impatiently waiting for that magical line of the end of the possibility of frost. It’s late April/early May around here, so I’ll probably spend Easter weekend doing lots of planting and spend a few nights throwing blankets over the beds when it’s going to be extra cold.
The 2011 Garden List(for now):
Arugula – Astro Roquette
Beans – Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder
Beets – Detroit Dark Red
Corn – Sweet
Escarole – Batavian Full Heart
Huckleberries – Chichiquelite
Kale – Russian
Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Grand Rapids Leaf, Black Seeded Simpson
Mesclun Green Mix
Potatoes – Blue, Red and White from potatoes we bought at the farmer’s market
Pumpkins – Miniature Mix, Connecticut Field
Quinoa – Brightest Brilliant
Radishes – Cherry Bell, Early Scarlet Globe
Spinach – Gigante d’ Inverno
Sunflowers – embarrassingly too many to list. We’re making the Sunflower House this year and have a whole bunch for the project.
Swiss Chard – Bright Lights
Tomatoes – Cherokee Purple, Gardener’s Delight, Reigart Plum, Brandywine Pink, Pink Accordian, Goldman’s Italian-American, Black Cherry, Sun Sugar Cherry, Mr. Stripey, San Marzano, West Virginia Hillbilly, Red Strawberry and 3 Mystery Heirloom varieties
Watermelon – Moon and Stars
And a whole lot of flowers. This will be my first year with the flowers and I’m dedicating a whole raised bed to them, along with a ton to be planted around the yard. We shall see where this goes!
Anyone want to play along? I want to hear about your garden! What are you planting in your garden this year? Is it a lovely balcony garden? A backyard love? A garden with your kids? Tons of space filled with as much as possible to nourish your family through the winter months? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!