And lo let this be Kelly’s Garden blog, because the rest of life moves too fast to chronicle.
I planted the first seeds today. The box that I store my seeds in got up and walked away at some point since fall, so all my seeds are fresh and new and I expect 130% germination!
Today I planted peppers, eggplant, and rudebeckia (black-eyed susans). I would have planted onions and leeks, too, but haven’t bought the plastic tubs I’m going to plant them in, yet. I’ll get those tomorrow.
We have (again) big plans for the garden this year. I’m going to be finally putting cranberries between the currants and gooseberries (two of which are going to be shifted a bit). We’re also giving Victor a “big bed” all his own. He designed the plan for it himself and is really excited. Ethan will have a “small bed”, like last year, and also designed his (though he’s not as inspired by gardening, I’m glad he’s also participating).
We’re also planning on building smaller, taller potato boxes. 1 plant for each, and we’ll use a mix of straw and soil for the growing medium (I’ve heard it’s much easier to dig out the tubers and that was surprisingly hard last year). We still are eating our way through last year’s spuds, so it’s possible we’ll have *way* too many this year, but I’m sure we’ll manage.
The biggest big thing this year is we’re finally going to be putting down our hard surfaces for the paths! All backwards, I know, but it’s a priority-list thing and having stone paths is lower down my list than having food. Along with the hard paths I’ll be putting in several flower beds. I lucked out and snagged some super nice, big grecian urn-type planters from Home Depot really cheap, which I’d had on my “to get” list for a while so that I have somewhere contained to put mint, oregano and chives. They’re going to look nice! If it all gets done this year, it’s going to look awesome! I’m even starting some flower seeds, along with my peppers and tomatoes and such, so there’s extra incentive to get their final homes ready.