It’s Garden Time!

Ok, well, not quite yet, but we’re getting closer :)

Last year I started my indoor seeds on President’s Day. Yep, because hubs was off on a hunting trip and I was tired of a whole day with nothing to do and no one to talk to. I may wait a little longer this year, or I may not. An article in the paper said the weather forecasters are expecting a warmer-than-usual spring, so it might be good to go ahead and get them started. We’ll see :)

I am so thankful for the garden journal I kept last year. I see that I planted peas on February 26–I would not have remembered I started them that early if I hadn’t written it down! That seems insanely early, but they did just fine last year. I guess that means we’d better get out there and turn up the soil pretty soon!

So anyway, here’s a list of the things I’d like to plant this year:

Veggies:

  • tomatoes (Better Boy hybrid and Abe Lincoln heirloom)
  • cherry tomatoes (“Sweetie” organic variety from Ferry-Morse–these were delicious last year!)
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • lettuce (green leaf and romaine)
  • spinach
  • sweet corn
  • peas
  • cucumbers

Herbs:

  • basil
  • oregano
  • cilantro (just a little)
  • mint
  • parsley
  • another herb?

Flowers:

  • marigolds
  • zinnias

I’ve grown all of the veggies before except the sweet corn and all the herbs except the parsley. And I’d like to add another herb to my collection. Any suggestions for tasty, easy-to-grow herbs out there?

Goals for this year’s garden:

  • improve tomato support mechanisms (the cages worked fairly well last year but we didn’t have enough of them)
  • improve edging around the garden so the bermuda grass doesn’t take over
  • till the entire garden area at once and mulch immediately with a thick layer of pine needles (last year we did it in sections…BAD idea :) )
  • control weeds along the fence line
  • plant more flowers

I love this time of year! Thinking about my garden gets my mouth watering for fresh veggies, my fingers antsy to play in the dirt, and my whole self ready for lots of fresh air and sunshine!

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