Now that the weather is warming up (it still snowed this morning) I’m thinking about starting seeds indoors for the season. Thanks to our good friend, Global Warming, this year’s average last frost is predicted to occur around May 8. As such, it’s time to start my early transplants. In preparation for this I took a look at my stock of seeds from last year, and made a plan for this year’s garden.
My garden has four raised beds and a dug tomato patch. I can’t very well rotate the tomatoes, but I’ll try to do some rotation among the beds.
Last year, some of our plants did wonderfully, and others flopped. The entire squash family performed poorly due to vine borers getting in early. We had melons, summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, and two varieties of pumpkin in the ground. We harvested some squash and a few cucumbers but that was it. This year, we’ll have to prepare for vine borers by covering the lower part of each stalk.
On the other hand, our kale did phenomenally well. We were never wanting for kale, and I still have some frozen. Unfortunately, we planted every last seed so I’ll have to buy more. This is one that I’ll start indoors, along with broccoli, cabbage, tomatillos, and herbs.
Tomatillos are distant relatives of the tomato. We grew them in the tomato patch and they did quite well for us. I did learn that I need to prune and stake them (a lesson learned about tomatoes as well). As far as tomatoes are concerned, we grew “Black Krim” and heirloom variety, last year, along with a few hybrids. We’ll definitely grow the Krims again, and I’m thinking of doing Roma tomatoes as well, for canning. I think, however, that I’ll buy started tomato plants.
I planted a couple of marigolds last year to keep pests out of the beds, and they didn’t do so well. This year, I’ll grow more of them and hope they do better.
Morning glories are one of my favorite flowers. While the varieties grown for flowers is not edible, sweet potatoes and water spinach are morning glories as well. I like them for trellises and railings. The railing on our deck worked well for them last year, and I’ll grow them again. This time I’ll also add runner beans and cucumber to the railing.
As I’ve mentioned, I plan to grow potatoes in tires. Other plants that I need to get seeds for are bush beans, beets, and carrots. I also want to get onion starts and try them this year.
And in the spirit of inspirational quotes:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)
I don’t quote the bible often, but Ecclesiastes speaks to me for some reason.
Is anyone else planning a garden right now?
~The Homesteading Hippy