The only thing of note I’ve done in the last week or so that readers may be interested in is that I’ve placed my seed order for this year’s garden. I ordered from Seed Savers this time around… here’s what I ordered:
- Seed Savers Lettuce Mixture
- Amish Paste Tomato
- A & C Pickling Cucumber
- St. Valery Carrot
- Kentucky Wonder Bush Bean
- Tiger’s Eye Bean
- Wisconsin Lakes Pepper
- Bee Balm/Lemon Mint
I’ve also got some leftover basil, hot pepper and tomato seeds from a few years back, so I’ll try and germinate some of those as well.
The carrots and green beans were special requests by my son, who’s excited that dad’s gonna grow stuff. The cukes will be used for salads as well as my first attempt at pickling. We’ll see how that goes.
I’m not going to plant too many of the Tiger Eye beans. My main goal here is to help improve the soil quality and get some experience harvesting dry beans. Hopefully I’ll get enough for a pot or two of chili or refried beans, but if I don’t, that’s OK.
The Bee Balm will be planted all around the house in open spots in garden beds to help attract pollinators.
This being the first year for the garden, I’m not expecting great results. I’ll get a yield, but it’ll likely be fairly small . The main goal is to break ground, till in some compost & amendments and start building soil tilth & fertility. I’m guessing that underneath a thin strip of black dirt there’s a mix of sand and clay, so I’ve got a lot of work to do on that front.
I’ve also got some tools to acquire… a garden spade and wheelbarrow for sure, and perhaps another spading fork, since mine appears to have gone AWOL since we moved.