Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Garden Season

The weekend officially marked the beginning of garden season. Yes, it's a real season ... well, to me it is. It may be a cold, dreary winter day outside, but thoughts of warm weather are alive and well inside.

Leading up to this day I consulted gardening resources, flipped back and forth in the calendar counting days, made lists and even created a detailed, color-coded spreadsheet. Seriously, who doesn't like a nice spreadsheet? Between you and me when it comes this gardening stuff I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but this spreadsheet makes it look otherwise.


What was on tap for the "kick-off" weekend? Onions, eggplant, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. In a couple of weeks it'll be time for the peppers to get their start, followed by the tomatoes and tomatillos a couple of weeks later. Oh, I'm giddy with anticipation. I still find it all so exciting.

I have a huge plan for this year. Of course whether or not all my vegetable garden dreams come true depends on my skill, the weather, and a whole lotta luck. I am determined to not have a repeat of the great seedling disaster of 2012. Yeah, last year I forgot to water the little babies and they never fully recovered.


Here's what I have on tap for this year:
  • Blue Lake Bush Beans
  • Jacob's Cattle Beans
  • Muscade Carrots
  • German Giant Radishes
  • Hot Peppers: Cayenne, Chinese Five Color, Chocolate Habanero and Black Hungarian
  • Sweet Peppers: Spanish Mammoth, Jimmy Nardello, Sweet Antigua, Golden Marconi
  • Blue Curled Scotch Kale
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
  • Rocky Top Lettuce Mix
  • Diamond Eggplant
  • Tomatillos: Purple and Verde
  • Tomatoes: Comstock Sauce 'N Slice, Tonadose Des Corones, San Marzano Lungo No. 2, Black Cherry
  • Fordhook Zucchini 
  • Southport White Globe Onions
  • Red Acre Cabbage
  • Catskill Brussels Sprouts
  • Quinoa
  • Assorted Herbs
  • ... and this year's experiment: American Melon
I know it looks like a lot, but I only grow a few plants of each item. While most things grow in my heavily guarded raised beds, I decided this year to throw things like onions and quinoa in a few empty flower beds. They aren't typically on the menu of the local critters so I figure why not use the empty space for edibles.

What are your garden plans for 2013? What are you growing?
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