Today, I want to focus on my garden..... If you have read around here very long, you know that gardening and preserving the harvest are my passions. I love the garden!! I love the squash and tomato blooms. They just make you happy.
If the Lord wills it, my garden table will look like this in July. I will have tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc. coming out of my ears. There will be 5 gal. buckets of fresh produce everywhere. Oh, I love it......
But for now we are still ordering seeds and planning. A good garden needs lots of planning!(This is last year's bounty)
We already have green beans and onions growing in our raised bed garden. However, Mr. Larry, our very dependable neighbor, comes over every spring and tills my main garden with his tractor. We do not have a tractor with all of the implements and he does. He also loves to be on his tractor. So it's a win, win, situation. We use to till up the spot with a garden tiller. It would take days of back breaking work. Now, Mr. Larry comes down for about an hour a couple of times and we are ready to start planting. He has come and done the breaking up part. So in a couple of weeks he will come back to till and row it up. I can't wait!!
Until then, we will plan. Here is what my 2011 garden plan looks like:
Tomatoes (about 60 plants) I love celebrity but will throw in a few others, as well.
Cucumbers I put up 30 jars of pickles last year and that wasn't enough. I am shooting for 50.
Honey Dew Melon
Zinnias (We planted these last year and they were so amazing!!)
Marigolds (around my tomatoes)
Catmint (I am planting this to ward off squash bugs. Here's a great article.)
This year I am planning to plant more heirloom varieties, as I want to save more seed this year. Here are some great companies to order seed from:
Oh, and as a side note, Herrick Kimball, has a new blog Agrarian Nation. It is just as good as all of his other writings, go check it out.