Wow, gardening season is just around the corner. Technically, in about two days. Plant your peas on Washington's birthday, that's what my dad always says. I wonder how global warming affects that - one of these years we'll be planting peas on Martin Luther King day. And then, a few decades from now, it'll become a Christmas tradition. Yikes, what a scary thought!
But, on to more pleasant thinking...
I finally perused the seed catalog this weekend. I prefer Territorial Seeds (www.territorialseeds.com), mainly because they're fairly local. And they have some really cool stuff in their catalog! I did a huge seed order yesterday. We still have to clean out the garden and borrow a truck to get some more compost, but here's the plan for this year:
Onions (I'll plant a ton of Walla Walla seeds, and then thin them as green onions while I wait for the big ones to mature)
Yellow wax beans (which I hate out of a can but maybe I'll like them fresh?)
Miniature yellow bell peppers
and a new bay laurel tree to replace the one that Ringo ate last year.
When the time comes, we'll get tomato plants, jalapenos, and bell peppers from the nursery up the street. And I'll probably try a yukon gold potato this year, which I'll get at the grocery store (no need for a pound of seed potatoes!). We still have an artichoke plant, it's a perennial.
New on that list this year is celeriac, leeks, and the pattypan squash. I like to try new stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We've discovered we can't plant anything cruciferous, because the aphids just LOVE them. Which is a real shame to my broccoli-loving hubby, but hey - he's the one who said no ladybugs!
He's going to build me trellises this year. I'm very excited about it. It'll give the peas and beas something stronger than the tomato cages I've always used!
So what are you planting in YOUR garden this year?