Yes, it is almost spring. Okay, in upstate New York, it is still winter and will be for some time. Most people I know spent Valentine’s Day with candy and flowers and maybe some wine. I spent it running and pouring over seed catalogs and planting magazines and articles for my upcoming garden.
Last year, if you follow my blog, I had a small container garden. I bought plants, not seeds, as I admit to having a black thumb and the ability to kill even cacti. Things went pretty well but not fantastic. I had about seven tomatoes – yes, seven. My squash flowered but never produced a vegetable. My swiss chard – a vegetable I discovered a taste for my one summer with a CSA – was still producing when frost warning caused me to bring the containers inside, well into October. My mint was the cause of a lot of rum and limes being used at my home over the summer. I also dried some for tea for the winter. The basil was a wonderful item but I want more greens this coming summer.
Some links for those of you thinking of a garden this year:
The Ten Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home
Gardening (2009 Post)
What do you plant? How do you plant it? Do you start seeds yourself?
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I plant nothing. I have no garden. But I like to think of myself as a metaphorical gardener, planting seeds of conversation and trimming edges of lush questions. Does that count? 🙂
It sure does count, Aidan! There is less chance of no harvest. 🙂
I have never been able to acquire a taste for swiss chard… I tried and tried last summer as we kept receiving it in our CSA, but I just couldn’t do it! 🙂
Corinne – It is an acquired taste. I like it with the stems cut off and then sauteed in olive oil with garlic and fresh nutmeg grated over it. I also made a lot of pesto with it.