So Long 2009, Hello 2010!
February 2, 2010
Well. That was an impressive break.
Last year’s growing season was quite hectic. I went overboard on my tomato sales (800+ plants), I never got my order of sweet potatoes and ground hogs threatened the satellite garden. I did, however, manage to plant about 70 cloves of garlic before the ground hardened, a goal I’ve been trying to hit for the past two years. Yay!
I’ve been elbow-deep in seed catalogues and have already received a big envelope from Johnny’s Seeds. Carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn salad and lettuce top the bill. I’m also awaiting a package from Tatiana’s TOMATObase because I really, really need more tomato varieties. My partner joked that there should be a show for seed hoarders. In an unrelated moment, he also mentioned that store tomatoes are tasteless and he’s looking forward to the summer, which I take to be tacit approval for my seed hording.
Looking for a way to uncomplicate your seed starting dates? I’ve got an automatic seed starting chart in Excel for anyone who’s interested. Just plug in your first spring frost date and first fall frost date and all the start, transplant and harvest dates will be calculated out for you. There’s even consecutive sowings so that you’ll be up to your ears in lettuce and beans all growing season. For those technically advanced, you can even add your own vegetables that I didn’t include. All dates are based on You Grow Girls’ Automatic Seed Starting chart and the charts at the back of the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. Let me know if you’re interested!
I’ve been trying to source a European corn salad variety that my dad remembers from Germany. It’s a narrower, darker green leaf with an upright habit, about 4″ tall; taller than a broadleaf. The only thing he remembers is that they served it in first class on Lufthansa in the 80s. I know, right? Anyone with a lead on a cultivar will have my eternal thanks. So far, I’m looking at Verte d’Etampes, Cavallo, Verte de Cambrai, Vit, Rodion, Medallion and Granon and will be passing the pictures by my dad for some, hopefully, positive identification.
Oh, and those precious garlic bulbs I planted? They’re under seige by my dog Maui who thinks digging, tearing and shredding at the tarp and straw that covers them is super-awesome-fun!
[insert photo here if I could find my camera]
P.S. I’m getting excited about spring!