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Garden planning, that is.
Today I got out issues of Mother Earth News, The Backyard Homestead, and trusty Google search to help me with garden planning. Pretty much everyone I know who will be having a garden is already planning and seed shopping. It’s hard to get motivated when the snow outside is as tall as your Weber grill.
It needs to be done though. Stuff needs to be ready to go out there by mid May. Seedlings will need to be planted in a few months, which means extra seeds need to be ordered. Before I know it all the countertops in the house will be covered with seed starts.
We learned a few important lessons last year:
-Broccoli hates weather variations, and will bolt.
-Summer squash is boring and takes up too much room.
-Tomatoes are like the Incredible Hulk of the vegetable world. They may seem like mere plants but grow to have enough strength to topple heavy garden stakes and rabbit fencing.
-Peppers really, really need to be in lots of sun.
This year there are some veggies I really want, and some I’m not sure of. I don’t know if I should grow onions, leeks or scallions. I’m not sure which herbs, or if I should put some in the garden and some in pots.
I do know that I want to vertically grow the cucumbers, and have several types of tomatoes. I also want to grow the radishes that I never got around to growing last year. Plus I will do succession planting. Last time I had an entire row of mesclun mix and arugula that all came up at once. Not very smart. I will only plant a few of each this time and plant new ones every couple of weeks.
When Chris wakes up I’m going to have him look at it so we can figure out what to put in the empty space and to see if things need to be adjusted. I also wish I could actually go outside and measure the space, but considering I can’t even get to my compost right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
At least we’re planning this year and the space has already been turned over. We just need compost for the new half after the thaw. At this point it really feels like there will never be a thaw.