Garden Planning

Despite the fact that we’re not entirely done with the whole ice and snow thing, I can tell that the end of the frozen days is coming.  So, for the first time since about October, I ventured out the back door onto the patio to survey the flowerbeds and ponder what to plant this year.

The whole garden thing actually went pretty well last year, up to the point where the over-abundance of cherry tomatoes led to me eating so many I wound up with an allergic rash.  Oops.  But aside from that, it was nice to have veggies just out the back door, and it was an activity that got me outside, in keeping with my attempt to spend time outdoors for the summer.

Last year I had chives (volunteer), onions (volunteer), tomatoes (volunteer, and the cherry tomato that tried to kill me), basil, egg plant and a Hungarian wax pepper.

It’s not too early to plan again.  I think we’re a go on the egg plant, basil and the pepper.  The tomato will have to be a smaller variety.  Squash is a possibility.  And beans.  If I knew for sure we’d have a summer as humid and hot as the last one, I’d go out for okra.  I killed my rosemary (again), so I’ll try that one (again).  My mint froze back, so that will go back into one of the pots (I would never, ever put it in the bed unless I wanted a flowerbed full of mint).  Mom’s had bad luck with cucumbers, but I might give them a shot.

Any other suggestions out there (other than bell pepper–yuck)?


*update: how did I manage to type “basic” instead of “basil” twice?  Corrected.

2 Responses to “Garden Planning”

  1. Teapot says:

    Do you do much cooking with herbs? A lot of them are pretty easy to grow & super-tasty. Parsley, cilantro, thyme, etc. The mint is good because it will allow you to make killer mojitos.

    If you want to do some fantasy plant-shopping, I highly recommend Seed Saver’s exchange: They’re based out of Iowa and dedicated to keeping heirloom varieties alive & in use in gardens everywhere.

    • Cammy says:

      Definitely like the herbs. Had basil, rosemary, chives, chocolate mint and cat mint last year. Oooh, that reminds me, I need dill this year.

      Just checked out the website–I’m starting to wonder if I could cultivate a little more space….There are some of these heirloom veggies I’ve been looking for (particularly some of the squash) that my Meme talks about growing when she was a kid–but you can’t find anymore. SCORE!

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