|Where to plant the garlic?|
I check back through the past years designs and determine where to next.
Beets and turnips in a newly renovated bed chock full of manure and compost as I've had trouble growing these in past due to poor soil. Tomatoes must go in a location not yet used as I don't want to risk blight. Where to find space for the vines of zucchini and pumpkin. Choices are based on soil health, where other plants once stood and how much space each plant will need.
|Zucchini's need a lot of space|
It was a bit of a shock this year going through the fridge. How did I manage to accumulate 23 varieties of tomatoes? Or 13 types of lettuce? 5 types of beans? and the dill - oh my. I have inadvertently collected enough dill seed from my garden to supply an entire dill pickle factory.
Attending Seedy Saturday at the ACORN conference in November was no help. How could I resist all those pretty packets of organic seed of what might just be my new favourite variety? From Tourne Sol I purchased Red Cored Chantenay carrots. From High Mowing Organic Seeds there is Green Towers Romaine Lettuce. Johnny's had bright lights Swiss Chard. Hope Seeds had New York Early onions and Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower.
The good news is that my seed order this year will truly be small. Unlike last year where I set a budget and then managed to instantaneously spend double the amount. A second packet of carrots perhaps, some peas and cucumbers. That really is all. I do like to add flowers to my veggie patch as well but that too is taken care of. I gathered bags of seed this year in the garden. Cosmos, borage, bachelor buttons, nigella and columbine are all ready for their piece of real estate.
Now spring, I'm ready for you!