The vegetable garden today, waiting for spring, waiting to be planted.
After twenty years of planting my own vegetable garden, and twenty plus years of helping my Dad plant his vegetable garden before that, I’m still excited to get out in the spring and start planting again.
Every year holds the promise of being “the best year yet” in the garden. I have to plant and see if it is!
Here is the complete list of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that I’ll be planting in the vegetable garden this spring and summer here at May Dreams Gardens.
The Root Crops
Beets ‘Early Wonder’
Carrots ‘Sugar Snax’
Radish ‘German Giant’
Radish ‘Pinetree Mix’
Turnips ‘Purple Top White Globe’
Beans ‘Kentucky Wonder Pole’
Corn ‘Bon Appetit’
Squash ‘Hi-Beta Gold Winter’
Lettuce ‘Pinetree Mix’
Lettuce ‘Red Velvet’
Lettude ‘Tom Thumb’
Peas ‘Green Arrow’
Swiss Chard ‘Mixed Colors’
Spinach ‘Bloomsdale Long Standing’
‘New Ace Sweet’
‘German Red Strawberry’
‘Micro Tom’ (for containers)
‘Yellow Mortgage Lifter’
Basil ‘Italian Large Leaf’
Cilantro ‘Large Leaf’
Sweet Peas ‘Old Spice Mix’
Marigold ‘Mr. Majestic’
Marigold ‘Sophia Mix’
Marigold ‘Golden Gem’
Nasturtium ‘Alaska Mix’
Nasturtium ‘Jewel Mix’
Nasturtium ‘King Theodore’
Sunflowers ‘Monet’s Palet Mix’
Zinnia ‘Lavender Queen’
Zinnia ‘Lilac Time’
My schedule of planting goes something like this, give or take a few days:
March 10 – 15 – Sow seeds indoor for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, nasturtiums, sweet peas
March 16 – Plant early spring vegetables. According to the ten day weather forecast, I should be able to plant something next weekend. I’m going to plant something no matter what.
March 30 – Plant successive crop of early spring vegetables, plant out sweet peas.
May 1 – Start hardening off indoor sown vegetable plants
May 10 – Check 10 day weather forecast for chances of frost.
May 15 or later – Plant out tomatoes, peppers, eggplant; sow seeds for first crops of beans, corn, squash, flowers
May 29 – Corn should be up, so plant rest of the Three Sisters Garden
Rest of the summer – Harvest, eat, give away produce, sow successive crops of green beans, etc.
July 20 or so – Harvest first ripe tomato
I do have a couple of problems to sort out related to this year’s vegetable garden.
First, I normally plant six or seven varieties of tomatoes. This year I have 14 tomato varieties. I blame “garden blogger pressure” to grow more interesting varieties than the ones I first chose.
I’m going to have to look at my plans to figure out how to fit these all in. I’ll plant ‘Micro Tom’ in containers on the patio, leaving me with ‘just’ 13 varieties to plant in the garden.
This chart shows the space I have to work with.
Second, my raised beds have been in place for four or five years and there is at least one bed that has split at the corner, so I need to fix that. I like to fix problems as they occur, when the repair is minor. If I wait until a whole bunch of beds need to be repaired then I have a major job on my hands.
Third, the kind people at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. sent me two extra seed packets to thank me for my order and my patience for a slight delay in shipping due to an ice storm. The seeds are for Lemon Cucumbers and ‘Collective Farm Woman’ Asian Melon.
I do not have room for these vining crops with everything else I am planning to grow this year. Rather than have these seeds go to waste, I’d like to send them to someone who can use them. So if you want them, let me know via a comment or email, and I’ll do a drawing to pick some one to win them.
“Ripe vegetables were magic to me. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility. I would quicken at the sight of a ripe tomato, sounding its redness from deep amidst the undifferentiated green. To lift a bean plant’s hood of heartshaped leaves and discover a clutch of long slender pods handing underneath could make me catch my breath.”- Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education