I've already started looking hard at the gardening catalogs hittin' my mailbox.
What, it's only January you say? Well, all the more time to plan, right.
I AM a planning type of girl.
In my organizing post the other day I showed you these...
I keep one for canning, which tells me where I bought my fruit from to freeze, how many of each thing from the garden I canned/froze, as well as how much each thing cost for me to buy if I had to buy it, and in what quantities.
The Gardening binder keeps track of my garden layout for the year, what seeds/type I planted, as well as the cost of all that too.
I realize this is a little OCD of me, but it helps me from year to year know what worked well and what didn't. Believe me, it's hit or miss around here with the kind of hard clay soil we have. Some years I've had an over abundant garden, and some years, I've had to plant it 3 times (last year) because our fertilizer either burned it, or we got too much rain, etc.
My garden keeps us in produce for the whole winter. It makes or breaks how much I have to spend on groceries for the winter too. It's awfully nice to go to my freezer and get a box of strawberries out in the middle of February that ACTUALLY taste like strawberries.
You ALL know what I mean, don't pretend the strawberries you buy in the middle of winter actually have a flavor. They don't.
So, as I look through my catalogs: The cooks Garden (cooksgarden.com), Burpee (burpee.com), and Park Seed Company (parkseeds.com) I get excited.
I plant both flowers for my cutting garden as well as vegetables.
So, as I was perusing the websites today, I thought this might be some of the items for this year...
Jade green beans
2 kinds of butterhead lettuce (heirloom variety)
zucchini (which usually over runs my garden, and usually grows to the size of a small baseball bat because we have so many...)
big rainbow heirloom tomatoes (really yummy!)
and onions (only for Brent...I HATE onions...but that's another post)
watermelon, jewel strawberries ( I have 3 rows that come back every year)
this beautiful new variety of zinnia called red lime
peonies (my favorite)
and cosmos (a flower that comes on strong and lasts for months!)
I'm really chompin' at the bit to get going. Last year I started seeds in my basement under a flourescent light. Some ended up making it, and others didn't.
All I know is that I'm ready to get my hands dirty! How 'bout you?