It is that time of year, and all of the garden blogs I read are talking about seed catalogs and planning. I’m thinking about it too, but in a much lazier way. Last year, I carefully planned out where things would go, and planted the appropriate number of seeds, and long story short, my garden fell flat a bit flat.
I did make myself a few notes last year, but overall the main questions I’m asking myself for garden planning now are:
* What do I actually eat?
* What do I want more of?
I started this planning yesterday while picking some kale off of what are now two year-old trees of dinosaur kale:
As I was picking the kale (for this delish dish of pasta, kale, brie, and bacon by the way…yum), I was thinking to myself: “I need a whole TON of kale plants next year!” I do eat a lot of kale, and whatever I don’t eat, the chickens will. So, item number one on this year’s garden plan:
An absurd amount of kale.
I’m also going to give up entirely on lettuce. I don’t really like lettuce, and prefer arugula, which is not only easier for me to grow, it can be cooked or used in salads.
I grew a lot of tomatoes last year, and a lot of basil, and I’m going to step up both of them this year, including a patch that I’ll be able to cover with my greenhouse, and make an attempt at year round tomatoes. I also need to remember to grab some cherry tomato seeds, since little tomatoes somehow slipped my mind last year.
I also want lots more sunflowers and pumpkins. Because they are awesome.
Oh! And ornamental corn, because I am totally going to enter it in the county fair this year.
I grew amaranth, but didn’t end up eating either the leaves or the grain. However, I think this year I’ll grow it as an ornamental plant (so beautiful and easy to grow!), and if I do end up eating any, it will just be a bonus. Lagniappe, if you will. The quinoa is in a similar boat, but even though I never finished processing it, I have it in a bag in my kitchen cabinet, so I suppose I still could.
Also, Scarlett Emperor beans will be grown everywhere.
Twice, now, I’ve failed with potatoes, so I think I’m going to plant a patch of them in the back corner of my garden, forget about all of this piling up the soil nonsense, and just see what happens.
I will be making another attempt at cucumbers and melons, neither of which went anywhere last year.
Mostly, I’ll just try to use up the seeds I already have, and then just pick up anything that catches my eye.