HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The holiday decorations have been put away and an entire new year stretches before us. While my husband spends the day watching football, I will be busy reading through my new seed catalogs trying to decide what I want to plant this year.
Even though it is cold outside and I am wearing a sweater and warm slippers – in my mind’s eye, I am walking through my garden enjoying all the beautiful vegetables growing. It’s almost enough to make me feel warm
So what do I want to plant this year?
I love picking green beans in summer. My kids actually eat these vegetables, so I must plant more this year. I do need to keep an eye on their leaves though since spider mites seem to like to eat them.
I love growing tomatoes and have grown sauce tomatoes the past few years.
This year, I think I will try cherry tomatoes because they are great in salads and my kids love to eat them straight off the vine. Of course, I do want some sauce tomatoes so I’ll plant some Romas.
What type of tomatoes do you like to grow?
My bell pepper plants did very well this past year. But, I think that I would like to branch in 2013. I will plant some jalapeños, which my daughter will eat off the plant. She loves ‘spicy’.
In addition to vegetables, I will be ordering sunflower seeds for my garden. I want to try a variety that produces nice-size seeds for both my kids and also for the birds.
The birds just loved eating the seeds from the sunflower seed heads last summer.
Did you know that sunflowers also provide shade for the garden? Plant them so that they can provide afternoon shade to sun-sensitive plants such as tomatoes or cucumbers.
Every year, I like to try something new in the garden. So I will be trying out the following new vegetables…
Corn that can be grown in a container - On Deck Hybrid
Carrots that grow well in a container - Chantenay
I also purchased bush beans, regular sweet corn ‘Sun & Stars Bicolor’, Summer Squash (Zucchini), white pumpkin seeds (Lumina), cucumber ‘Sweet Success’ and Sunflower seed ‘Mammoth’. I selected cherry tomatoes ‘Gardener’s Delight’ and ‘Roma’ tomatoes.
Lastly, I chose a blend of leaf lettuce ‘Heatwave’ that will handle the heat, which is important when you garden in the desert like I do.
**So, what will you plant this year in your garden? Do you need some help deciding? Here are links to some seed catalog companies to get you started!
So as you look at your garden from the comfort of your warm home….just imagine the possibilities that await you and start planning!