what Are You Planting For 2017?
All this talk of Trump and the current administration's actions aside, we seem to have been sidetracked from the true goals and purposes of this site, that is helping people gear down and get ready for a Future of Less.
With that in mind, and considering the Spring is here for us in the Norhtern Hemisphere, I'd like to ask, "What are you planting in your garden this year?
(insert picture of my garden after the Winter here. My camera batteries died, I'll get some more tomorrow after work, lol)
As you can see, my garden needs some TLC to get it ready for new plants. As I get the debris of last year's plants turned under, weed out the interlopers and add some compost.
Personally I think this year I will focus on just a few types of vegetables.
For the early Spring I'm going to put in some Spinach and some Lettuce. I haven't been eating as well as I had last Fall, a salad or two each week. Instead I've opted for the convience of a frozen dinner, mostly Boston Market ones, which I can grab on the way out the door and eat at work. I need to stop that.
The early warm spell here has most of the local nurseries and big box chains rolling out their plants early, and while I would have liked to try seed starting this year, for these two I may just buy a few plants. I am going to put some into the ground and others into two gallon pots to see how each handles the Spring.
For Summer, I'm going to focus on three vegetables; onions, carrots and smaller tomatoes.
As I mentioned in another thread, my luck with the larger vareities of tomatoes has been poor. My cherry and small romas though have been consistant winners. Onions, grown from sets have been hit or miss. I suspect that I've planted them too close, and let them crowd each other which has prevented them from really filling out.
Carrots I've had little luck with, but like onions are good guerilla food, that is plants that don't advertise themselves as food. There too I've planted way too many seeds and not thinned them out once they come up. I may try and seed start them inside in some egg cartons or small paper pots, then thin the sprouts before I replant them in the beds outside.
Oh and I have managed to save about half of my peppers that I over wintered inside, so I'll be interested in seeing how they do now that they are back outside.
The one thing I am going to try and do, is keep a planting and gardening journal, so that I can keep better records on what I did and the weather we have. A recent article I came across suggests that climate change is going to give the Midwest a much earlier window to plant, March or early April, and then a period of wet weather in May and June before a hard hot Summer. I definitely think a green wizard will need to keep good records and learn from them.
What are you planting or planning to do differently?