Friday, November 22, 2013
Next Years Garden
It will soon be that time of the year. The time when we'll be receiving the seed catalogs in the mail. I LOVE getting these. They are usually full of hopes and dreams of what next years garden is going to look like. I'd look through them and ooooh and aaaaah over how pretty all the vegetables looked, but I would never actually read about the vegetables. I wouldn't even buy any seeds from the magazines. This year I'm hoping things will be different. My plans, as of right now, is to actually study the magazines. I'm actually going to look at what these different veggies have to offer. Are they open pollinated? Are they heirloom? Are they going to give me plenty of food for the time that I'll be putting in them? These are some of the questions that I'm going to be answering for myself.
Most years I've gotten most of my seeds from the local farm store. Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with some of these seeds. A lot of the farm stores around here carry heirloom seeds, so I usually try to get them. But, these stores usually carry the same seeds every year. Granted, it's usually the seeds that sell the best for a reason. I'm just ready for a change. We plan on planting some of the seeds that we KNOW we love, but I'm also going to try seeds that we have never tried before. For instants, we like green beans, but we are getting a little tired of Blue Lake bush beans. In fact, we have jars of them left from year before last. We are going to try half runners or pole beans. We're going to try making leather britches this year so I have to find a good bean for them. We also are going to try dried beans. We LOVE eating soup beans but I've never planted any before. I can't wait to try all different types.
We aren't just going to stop at beans. We're going to try different corn and different tomatoes and different onions and peppers. The list is going to be hard to narrow down. We're still going to stick with some good standard plants in part of the garden but, we are also going to have an experimental section. I feel like a mad scientist. (Insert evil laugh!)
Do you have a favorite vegetable that you grow?
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, experimenter