My favorite time of year is just around the corner… gardening season! It sure seemed to be moving into a more garden-friendly season yesterday, but today is dang chilly. Anyway, I love the end of spring and beginning of summer because my garden has begun and I’m not tired of it yet. I can see the harvest on the horizon and I’m still way into it.
I need to sit down and figure out what we plan to grow this season. Last season we had a setback when we accidentally weed-treated the garden. Oops. This year we plan to use the compost we’ve been collecting and, well, composting, to nurture our garden. I may even *gasp* test the soil! Maybe.
The past few years my dad has cultivated a variety of heirloom tomato volunteers from previous years. My pal Mary and I love making salsa (she’s the pro, actually. I’m just the canning hand) and last year’s heirloom tomatoes made delicious and gorgeous salsa. So tomatoes are a must for this year’s garden. I always like to do a mesclun mix and onions also. Last year I had peas that did decently, so I might do them again, and my carrots were actually fabulous, so I’ll do them as well. I’d like to do a few varieties of peppers as well for drying and pickling, and possibly some garlic, which I’ve not done previously. I’d also like to do potatoes, which I understand are super easy, but I’ve never done them before.
I’ll definitely do some herbs; we use lots of mint, rosemary, basil, and cilantro, and I’d like to try sage this year so we can possibly make our own sausage. Now that I have a dehydrator I can more quickly and easily process some of the herbs, too.
Can’t wait! What are you looking most forward to planting and harvesting?