As I combed through the Baker Creek Seed Catalog this morning while sipping my coffee, I realized that I may have a problem.
I started with restraint, keeping my seed budget in mind. But as I made my way through the greens, peppers and tomatoes, my resolve faltered and I went a little crazy.
Luckily, I came down from the mania and had enough sense to cross out seeds I already had saved from last season. Whew!
This year, our big focus is on greens. We, like the rest of the world, made a resolution to eat healthier and (so far) we’ve stuck to it by, sort of, following a ketogenic diet.
We eat salads with just about every meal. And while iceberg lettuce is crisp, it offers little in the way of nutrients.
Greens, purples and reds. Spinach, kale, cabbage and chard. Brussels sprouts and arugula. All super nutrient rich, leafy and delicious in salads.
We’re trying out heirloom variety tomatoes and peppers. We have a dealer for jalapenos so I’m done even trying to grow them.
I’m throwing in a few flowers just for fun. Bells of Ireland, spider flower and euphorbia are unique…at least to me.
We’ll plant a bunch of herbs this year as well. Sadly, they will not go in our herb spiral.
Planting it around a dead tree stump was a bad idea. Even though we’ve drilled holes in the stump and poured Epsom salt water over and over again, the Bradford pear just refuses to die.
Instead, one of the raised beds we got from the neighbors will be dedicated to herbs.
We have 9 raised beds in all. 6 are filled with topsoil already. They will all eventually go in the greenhouse, but this season we’ll be using all 6.
One will be an herb bed. Two will be for leafy greens. Another couple for strawberries.
Our kitchen garden will be filled with tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, zucchini and cabbage.
I’m both excited about and dreading planting the kitchen garden. For the past few years, we’ve let the chickens prep the garden for us. All winter they’ve scratched up, eaten pests and fertilized the soil. But thanks to the fox, that didn’t happen.
Thanks a lot Mr. Fox. Thanks a lot.