Our first gardening victory of 2012: The veggies are planted!
We are doing things a little differently this year. We have coordinated with my dad again and this time we are focusing our garden on the things we treasure eating straight out of the garden (i.e. peas and tomatoes) and letting him grow some of the things that are space hogs and transport well (i.e. zucchini, squash, cabbage).
We are also working on burning some of the grass out by laying a tarp over it for the summer. The hope is that next year we will be able to till it and plant straight into the ground and that the tarp will have killed out most of the weeds and grass. In the meantime, we are using the earthboxes and a pot to expand our growing space this year. Also, notice the awesome fence Paul built to keep the bunnies and dogs out of the garden!
One drawback to spending all your energy in the garden is that you don't have any time and energy left to cook. We have been eating more restaurant prepared food this week than we have in the past few months combined!
For the record, here is what we planted for veggies this year:
- Mexican Sour Gherkins/Cuke Nuts
- Cucumber - Homemade Pickles
- Purple Tomatillos
- Sweet Peas - Heirloom from Dad
- Bush Green Beans - Blue Lake 274
- Kale - Dwarf Blue Curled
- Swiss Chard - Organic Red and White Mix
- Collard - Vates Non-Heading
- Bell Peppers - Red Beauty and Valencia
- Hot peppers - Jalapeno, Habanero, and Ancho
- Soybean - Agate
- Tomatoes - Sungold, Valley Girl, Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, and Hillbilly
- Radishes - French Breakfast
And, for newly planted herbs:
- Ginger Mint
- Grapefruit Mint
- Sweet Basil
- Mexican Tarragon