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January 23, 2008

Try It You'll Like It: Garden Planning

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Every year around this time I start perusing online garden sites and start deciding what I want to grow in my garden. In the next few weeks I'll start buying seeds and the planing will go into full swing! This year is even more exciting as I have a lot more room to plan! What to grow? What to grow? The possibilities are endless!

I must admit I love starting plants from seed. There is just something very satisfying about planting a seed, watching it grow and then enjoying the end result. It's also fun in terms of getting Alexis involved and letting her see where her favorite vegetables/fruits come from. We've had a garden every summer of her four years and in the last couple of years she really has understood what was going on in terms of planting the seeds, watching them grow and then eating the fruits of our labor. This year will be even more fun because she's all the more inquisitive!

Tomatoes and Blueberries Oh My!

For weeks now Alexis has been asking me when we could begin planting things. I usually start planting some seedlings indoors in early March so they'll be ready to go straight into the ground so we look at the calender and keep discussing what month it is now and when we'll start planting. Her main desires are strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, peas (both pods and snow peas), cucumbers and peppers. What's not to like about that list? This year I'd also like to plant some watermelon and pumpkins since we'll be gardening on a larger scale. I also want to plant on a scale that allows Alexis to munch, us to eat out of the garden during the summer and be able to preserve food as well. We'll see how it goes.

Sugar Pumpkins

Another passion of mine is herbs. I plant them in the garden as companion plants for pest control and such, but I also keep them growing in planters nearby the house so I can go and snip what I need as I cook, so herbs will definitely be in the mix. We'll also plant some eggplant, various lettuce type plants, okra, maybe some corn, cantaloupe, green beans and carrots. It should be fun!

I order most of my seeds from Seeds of Change, but I also get a few from Gurney's and Park's Seeds. I buy organic whenever possible and I also like heirloom seeds as well. This year I plan to save some seeds as well, which is something I haven't done in the past. I also buy products from Gardens Alive, which focuses on earth friendly, organic solutions to garden issues at reasonable prices. (If you haven't figured it out yet I'm all about organic! ;o))

So I'm planning and dreaming. How many of you out there have gardens of your own? What do you grow? Do you preserve? Do you save seeds? Speak up and let me know what you're thinking in terms of your garden. Let's talk a little gardening! Later in the summer we'll talk a little eating of said gardens! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at January 23, 2008 1:16 PM

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Your photos are beautiful! Makes me want to take out the playset and plant lots of colorful veggies.

Posted by: Karen Downing at January 24, 2008 3:45 PM

I've grown herbs and veggies in old halved whiskey barrels for the past few years. This year I'm going all in though. Herb garden in the front yard, maybe a veggie garden, and I'm going to line the back border of the yard with blackberries and raspberries. I'd rather garden than mow. I'm hoping the gardens will take up LOTS of space. Your post has me all excited and inspired!

Posted by: Allie at January 24, 2008 9:27 PM

I do some container gardening too. I usually grow some peppers and a few cherry tomatoes in containers and Alexis knows those are "her" tomatoes and peppers for munching on when the mood strikes her. She had developed an all adoring consumption with cucumbers as of late, so I'll probably grow a few of those in containers too so she can munch those as well.

I'm really interested in trying out the upside down container tomato/pepper/cucumber planting method. It seems like such a neat way to grow them and no weeding! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at January 25, 2008 9:44 AM

I would love to have the talent for gardening. My mom used to be a Master Gardener and it just isn't something I picked up from her. Great and very informative post!

Posted by: Kristen at January 25, 2008 11:34 PM

My mom was a big gardener. Still is. My grandmother was too. When I was a kid my grandparents would come down each spring and plow my mom's garden. I even had my own little garden, where my mom let me dig and plant. I've always had a love of gardening. There is just something so satisfying about planting something and watching it grow. Not to mention getting to eat the rewards! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at January 26, 2008 9:20 AM

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