I have talked before about longing for the changing of seasons. I tend to especially feel this way towards the ends of summer and winter. I have been feeling like that some lately, and my prayers for sunnier, warmer, longer days have been answered! This week has been in the high 60’s! I really can’t believe it! I mean, isn’t it still supposed to be winter? Anyways, this beautiful weather has definitely started my gardening itch back up again. I have gotten my garden catalogs in the mail, and I have spent every spare evening planning what I will grow in my meager space.
I checked Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook by Jennifer Bartley out from the library…How I wish I had the space to have a real Potager! I am going to make due with what I have, and see where that takes me. There are two very important things I would like to accomplish in my garden this year: I would like it to be a beautiful space that I love to look at, and I would like it to supplement my cooking. I would like to say that I have no illusions that I will cook everything from my garden and not have to buy any produce from the grocery store…but wouldn’t that be so awesome!? Oh well, supplementing is the best my little patio container garden can produce, and for now I am ok with that.
Here is what I am planning on trying this year:
- Mesclun Lettuce
- Green onions
- Eggplant (a very compact one called Fairytale)
- Snow peas (also very compact, bush type)
- Tomato (this awesome yellow one!)
- Thai Basil
- Hot Peppers
- Mild Peppers
Yes, I know what you are thinking…quite the list for a bunch of containers, and its true! This is quite the list…I just can’t help myself! Luckily the seeds will last for a few years, so if I’ve gravely misjudged how much space this will all take up, at least I can plant some of them next year instead.