The garden and seed catalogs started making their way to our mailbox over the last couple weeks.
The perfect time to start thinking about what we want to do with the garden this year. Things we will do differently, things we will do the same, and new things we will try.
I started by making a list of "everything" we have ever planted in our days together here at the farm. Out of that list, I pulled out what we will not raise again. On that list we have the following:
- Eggplant - we tried and just don't care for it. Regardless, we try a "new to us" vegetable every year.
- Spinach - we try every year and have no success. We'll save that for farmer's market trips
- Watermelon - Neither of us care much for it, we just wanted to see if we could raise it. Mission accomplished.
- Artichokes - To much space, for to little yield.
- Brussel Sprouts - Until I learn a way to cook them that we enjoy, they are in the same category as eggplant.
Then, there is the exciting part of the list. What new things we are going to try.
- Pea's that aren't a snap pea - Each year we raise pea's, but get a very low yield and really struggle getting them to grow. Every year, we raise snap peas. This year we are going to try something new.
- Sweet Potatoes. I've looked at the plants at the green house, and think about adding them to the garden. This year we will follow through with trying them!
- Broom Corn. My friend Carla, from The River, shared some of the broom corn they raised last year, and I am so excited to plant some ourselves this year.
- Alpine Strawberries. This is a challenge, as we don't know where we will plant these, but Jessica from Oregon Transplant has me so inspired to try these little berries.
- Shallots. Why not?
- Beans for drying. Again, why not? Something fun to try for one summer.
- And...... Fooled You Pepper. For my husband, a jalapeno that isn't hot! Our jalapenos were so blazing hot last year, I couldn't bare them.
And, what I am most excited about is blueberries! My husband has a lot of research to do on how we need to prepare our soil, but I think this will be fun. My parents tried and were successful, until the deer made the blueberries come to an end. We don't have as many issue with deer, and what we do have, I think Mr. C. is going to be good at helping out with.
Are you planning your garden yet? Are you trying anything new?