There simply is nothing like picking a fresh tomato from your garden, and dinner is served. The funny thing is that I actually hated tomatoes and would never eat one till about 4 years ago.
I have been spending a lot of time looking at all the different early vegetable seeds for our Spring garden these past few days. I think I am more of a dreamer than an actual doer, but as someone pointed out to me a few weeks ago, I should get out in the garden and help my husband.
Biting off more than I can take care of is a concern for me. Because of that, I have decided that we are going to have just a small garden. That said, because, like at a restaurant, when I order way more than I can eat, I need to plan out what will be going in our garden. I decided to download the Botanical Interests-Free Garden Journal to help me focus on just what we need.
What do we need? And what I want are two very different things. I think I mentioned before that we like a variety of peppers. Since I know that I can purchase seeds for uncommon-to-find types, I will start with that. Seeds are pretty inexpensive, so I will not worry if I have too many plants. “A small garden area” is what I need to keep reminding myself. I will buy some of the common plants like California Wonder when available at the local garden centers.
For now, I have to go and get some seed-starter soil. Also needed will be containers to plant the seeds in. I might use some egg cartons if I can’t get my hands on our old seed trays that must be in the garage somewhere. (I need to organize our garage.) Sowing the seeds with the grandchildren and watch the seedlings grow should be a fun project. Filling out the calendar with seed sowing dates will also be fun to do with the kids. Plus, it is educational.
I have ordered Golden Marconi Sweet Pepper and Cayenne Blend Chili Peppers Seeds. My husband laughed as I got the calendar out to figure out when we should sow these seeds. We will transplant around Memorial Weekend. Living in Western Howard County, my frost date is after Mother’s Day. I am also getting a pack of Danvers 126 Carrot Seeds and sowing the seeds directly into a container.
New Idea For Broccoli
I have many more ideas for our garden, including tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. We stopped having corn years ago since it seemed we were feeding the wildlife. We already have an excellent patch of asparagus for our early garden, but I am thinking of trying broccoli again. The local garden centers should have the starter plants arriving around mid-March.
We have always grown our broccoli directly in the garden, but this year will plant it in a large container. After doing a little research, I found that broccoli does well in pots at least 15 gallons (ca. 57 l) or more. I am pretty excited about this. In planning our Spring garden, this is as far as I have gotten. How are your garden plans doing?
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