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This Year In the Garden

March 21, 2011

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

Balm Lemon


Beans – Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder

Beets – Detroit Dark Red

Carrots – St. Valery, Parisienne and a Colorful Mix, Tendersweet, Scarlet Nantes, Danvers Half Long




Corn – Sweet

Cucumber – Bush Champion, Dragon’s Egg, Lemon


Escarole – Batavian Full Heart


Ground Cherries

Huckleberries – Chichiquelite

Kale – Russian

Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Grand Rapids Leaf, Black Seeded Simpson

Melons – Jenny Lind, Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe and Kazakh

Mesclun Green Mix

Onions – Brunswick and Bianca di Maggio

Peas – Mammoth Sugar and Tall Telephone

Peppers – Poblano, California Wonder Sweet, Sweet Carnival Mix,  and Chili

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

Strawberries – Red Wonder and Yellow Wonder, Eversweet, Quinalt, Ozark Beauty

Summer Savory

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!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2011 2:07 pm

    so exciting. I need to get my act together. I was going to start seeds but now I think I’m going to start from plants. my dirt is ready, so that has to count for something, right?

  2. March 21, 2011 2:09 pm

    This is our first year for a garden. We are growing (hoping to not kill) tomatoes (5 heirloom varieties), basil, squash and peppers. My basil seeds just sprouted. I squealed! We are doing a raised bed between our townhouse complex garage and back fence. You list makes me happy and gives me something to look forward to… in a few years.

  3. Kim M permalink
    March 22, 2011 2:55 pm

    You. Are. Awesome.

  4. March 28, 2011 10:39 am

    Oh wow, that is a list! Now I’m very inspired to tackle my own veggie beds…thank you!

  5. March 29, 2011 12:48 pm

    thanks for your sweet comment, what eye candy of a blog you have.. lovely photos.

    our garden.. is the sideyard of our house…. we have
    3 4×4’s
    a couple 2×4’s for grapevines + blueberries + raspberries
    and a couple pots with other things in it….

    last year was our first year, and we already want to expand..

    we mostly have lots of varieties of lettuce (red leaf, chard, kale, mesclun) and 13 tomatoes
    but we also have
    basil (by the truckloads)
    snap peas

    we also have peach, lemon, orange, avocado trees in our backyard as well

    we love it so much, its really made this newly built suburban home, a lot more homey… in our opinion.

  6. June 15, 2011 12:41 pm

    We love gardening, we have a large green house and several veg patches. We also have a large fruit net with raspberries, strawberries, etc etc but it is falling down (each year snow sits on it and the weight damages it over time) I am trying to encourage my husban to rip it all down and re-design the area completely, hopefully with some cute rasied beds for the children to garden while still keeping some of the fruit bushes.

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