We used an organic method to plan our garden plot this year. No sketches or diagrams, just pick and plant. The plot is finally taking shape. It is planted, supported and protected. We worked in 90 degree weather today to plant eggplants and zucchini, stake the tomatoes and peppers and cover the eggplant, zucchini and butternut squash plants with row covers.
Here is what we are growing now:
From left to right in the above picture…
1. First row: Nasturtium flowers (will have edible red flowers), Arctic Poppy flowers (seeds were an anniversary present from my sweetie who knew Poppy flowers are my childhood favorite) and Sugar Snap Peas (growing on trellis).
2. Second row: Tomato patch, Pepper patch, and Beets.
3. Third row: Eggplants (I asked for Eggplants and my sweetie got me over 18 plants, including the following varieties, Neon, Regular large, Finger, and Sicilian Globe) all under row covers to protect from the flea beetles; Zucchini, Red Onion and Butternut Squash (under row covers to protect from the Squash bugs) and more Beets.
Before the planting my enthusiastic hubby did a “grow” dance, arms waving overhead with a cute body wiggle. After the planting, muddy, sweaty, tired we slumped in the air conditioned van and wondered if we should continue with the community garden. Anyway, we are glad the planting is done.
Some seed catalogs have already started to come in the mail…… Johnny’s Seed Company and Territorila Seed Company. January is the time to start planning for the spring garden, but I have only glanced through the catalogs because something is missing…snow in our garden plot!
This week there was a light snow fall as I picked up my son from school. I sat in the car pool line watching the kids turn their faces to the sky with mouths wide open. Faces of joy, standing still, waiting for the cold, soft flakes to drop onto their tongues. Powdered sugar falling from the sky. The flakes tickled my son’s eye lashes and he laughed. He shouted, “Look Mama! A blizzard!” Snow creates a dreamland. We only had a dusting, not enough to dream of our spring and summer garden. I am waiting to be snowed-in with my family and our seed catalogs!
This is the 2011 spring and summer plan for our community garden plot. We planted the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants indoors last weekend. We are waiting for the seedlings to emerge soon. The leeks, shallots and herbs were planted several weeks ago and are now sturdy seedlings. The leeks and shallots look like tall thin blades of grass and will soon touch the grow lights. They tower over the other seedlings and need to be planted in our garden soon. Spinach, green leaf lettuce, turnips and garlic are currently growing in our garden plot. We planted seeds of Romaine, Oakleaf Lettuce and Snow Peas directly in our garden plot last weekend. The sweet potato plant slips will be coming from Johnny’s Seed Company in late spring. We hope to get a drip system installed by June. We harvested some spinach and turnips. The turnips are especially sweet after being roasted. We are eager to get more plants growing in our garden plot!
My husband, my son and I share our garden dreams before we start planning and ordering seeds for the new growing season. Every year our son dreams of growing tall gigantic sunflowers. This year he also wants cucumbers, tomatoes, bugs and more visits to the goats and the snowball stand near our community garden at the Howard County Conservancy.
My husband dreams of installing a drip system so we can work in the garden (and visit the goats and snowball stand) while the plants are being watered. He also wants to combine the garden beds, reduce the walking paths and cover more plants with row covers so the plot has intensive plantings thus more produce and less bug damage.
I dream of a longer growing season so I can cook from our garden harvest all year. I want to plant new types of veggies and make a cold frame. For additional crops in early summer and late fall I would like to try planting leeks, shallots and peas and Asian greens, broccoli and kohlrabi along with our regular crops of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, beans, spinach, turnips, greens and herbs. But, my biggest garden dream for 2011 is that our family has fun together with each other and other gardener friends in our community garden.
What are some of your garden dreams for 2011?