At my house we’re beginning to plan our vegetable garden. Last year was our first time having a garden and we loved it. We had a lot of fun being outside and working the earth. Canning time was fun too.
This year Wyatt wants to go bigger and better. We found a three tiered planter for our strawberries that we’re excited to try. Last year we only got to eat about 4 strawberries off of our plants, the birds got the rest. I have tulle set aside to cover our plants just in case we can’t find any netting in the stores again this year. Last year’s most successful part of our garden was the tomatoes. The peppers were small and we didn’t have much. The cucumbers, carrots, pumpkins, and peas were all planted too late. We went by the dates on the back of the package and it didn’t turn out well at all. We were trying for a Fall harvest with them.
This year our plan is to plant early and every week or two plant a little more. We’ll have our strawberries of course. There’s nothing like fresh strawberries, plus any extras I can turn into jam. There will be several tomato plants, Wyatt wants to spend a few days coming up with our own sauce recipe. So we really do need more plants than we had last year. He loves that episode of Curious George where Chef Pisghetti has sauce day. For a few years now Wyatt has been telling me that we need to have a day set aside to create our own new sauce every year.
Peas are a major one I want to make sure we plant in time this year. My kids have never snapped peas. I think they should get the chance to sit around talking while snapping peas. Carrots and potatoes are a must have this year as well. We still have some little pumpkin seeds to plant this year as well. Wyatt really wants to try watermelon; his great-great-grandpa was a watermelon farmer and he loves hearing the stories that my mom likes to tell from her childhood on the farm.
We’ll end up getting our sweet corn from the stand. We’ll probably buy two gunny sacks. Then spend the morning shucking corn and the early part of the afternoon preparing it to freeze. Our apples will come from the orchard, until we have a place to plant our own apple trees.
I love winter but I am really looking forward to spring and our garden this year. We still have some corn from last year, one jar of strawberry spread, and we just used our last jar of apple butter. (My favorite thing to do with the apple butter is to slather it on a pork roast before I pop it in the crockpot. It tastes amazing!)
Do you garden? If you did what would you want to plant?