How are you all doing with your seed stash? Will you be doing much ordering this year? (See this guy's face to the left here? He is Mr. Shrimp Goby and I just find him to be so ugly he's cute.....the fish never make the blog, thought I should change that!)
OK, back to gardening. I need to compile a stock list soon. Today I am mulling over potatoes. I love 'em. I want to grow 'em. I just don't have any room for them. There are so many darn methods/suggestions for growing potatoes out there one can get overwhelmed......bags, bins, barrels, wire, tires, straw, and of coarse good old fashioned garden soil. I think I am going to use straw this coming year, but hill it over a standard SFG bed. This will allow me to use a standard depth bed (right now I only have one extra deep). The straw will make hilling and digging at season's end easier as well as keep the soil temp up and moisture level more stable. Last year my yields were terrible, hoping for much improvement this coming year.
My list of wanted seeds is short and sweet this year thanks to my overindulgence last year. I will be adding a few new heirloom tomato varieties (seeds already purchased), quite a few potatoes, and as many peas as possible. The garden needs expanding, sigh.
What will you be trying for the first time come Spring?
What can you absolutely not live without in your garden?
Are you an heirloom or a hybrid tomato grower? (Or maybe a little bit of each like myself?)
As for us the kids ate the peas the second they were ready to be picked, I snacked daily on the heavenly Sungold tomatoes, and the Carmen and Joe E. Parker peppers were picked nightly for some role in dinner or a late night nacho snack. These are the garden favorites in our house.