Fortunately we have a had a cold spell the past few days. When the temperatures drop I feel better about working inside. I had taken a full seed inventory earlier and recycled old seed packets. Today I started by creating a list of what I wanted/needed to buy.
My favorite part was designing my 2012 garden. I love pulling out a piece of paper and mapping out everything. I fire up my imagination and think about warm Summer days when my plants will be full and tall. I reflected upon the lessons of the past couple of years. I am going to use black plastic mulch for the first time, hopefully it will help my temperature sensitive plants in late May and early June. I am also going back to using straw to mulch around plants and the spaces between plant rows.
Take a look at my plans. Did I miss something? I usually do. What do you think?
For some reference the bottom of the drawings faces South, and there is little shading so all the gardens get more than eight hours of sun.
I am excited about growing some different vegetables this year. Parsnips are new but very similar to carrots, which I have had success with before. Rutabagas and radishes are new, and because of their season length I can get them in the same row. Trying rutabagas will be fun. All last Summer I questioned growing sweet corn, and it never did do well last year. My neighbor grew popcorn last year and spoke very highly about his results, so I am going to give it a try this year. Celery is another experiment for this year. We have been eating a lot of celery the past couple of years and I wanted to try growing some. I have not expectations about the results, I will give it a try to see what happens.
I am also buying three different flower seed mixes: bee feed mix, butterfly and hummingbird mix, and beneficial insect attractant mix. I will put the different mixes along the back border of the garden.
I will put the order in this week and I will wait with anticipation until my order arrives. What are in your plans for the next garden? What are you going to experiment with this year?
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.