After some shameful procrastination, I’m finally started on my 2012 garden season. My Black Krim tomatoes are now planted in their flats. Those are seeds I saved from last year. (But my attempt to save Black Beauty zucchini seeds was obviously a failure the moment I looked at them. Clearly I didn’t let them dry enough before sealing them.) I’m only planning six tomato plants this year, and all in containers.
As for my plot, I ordered these seeds (all from High Mowing) : Provider bush beans, Midori Giant soybeans, Table Queen acorn squash, Waltham Butternut squash, and Dakota Tears storage onions.
My basic criteria were:
1. All heirloom seeds which I’ll save.
2. Stuff which maximizes nutrition and storage ability (I don’t need to rely on what I grow to supplement my diet, but that day may come, so I wanted to practice for it).
With the soybeans, I also have a so-far vague idea that knowledge of growing non-GMO soy may soon be at a premium. I already see lots of people who go out of their way to find non-GMO soy products, not an easy task.
I may add other stuff later on.
So there’s the basic plan. I worked in the garden for the first time the other day. I weeded it and tended a few out-of-place boards and stuff. After reading several websites I still wasn’t completely clear on what to do with my “green manure” (all the clover I planted last year), so I uprooted it, dug trenches, tore it up, spread it at the bottom, and buried it.
So that’s that for now. I’m looking forward to another good gardening year.