Well, the seeds have been organized and ordered. More fruit plants have been ordered (Reliance Grape, 5 Blackberries, 4 low bush blueberries, a white currant, a mandarin orange tree, and rhubarb), the new garden expansion plans are in place and my NOFA bulk order just needs to be mailed out. Whew, my mind has been 'garden-garden-garden-' for days on end.....now I need to sit back and relax until seed germination begins. Oh, and did I mention I have over 1,000 pea seeds? YIKES! I should have paid more attention, Johnny's shelling pea packets have a minimum of 375 seeds. I ordered three varieties.
We are continuing to enjoy the fruits from the freezer and the canned goods from the pantry shelf. I am eating some blueberry pancakes right now as a matter of fact! Freezing all those berries and pie filling was a good move. Speaking of berries, this year's purchases are once again breaking the bank so I have decided not to do the CSA this year. Fingers crossed I will have access to a beef order another way at the end of the year, I would just rather invest the money in my own garden.
It has been a challenge to streamline my plantings into something more functional and less fun for the 2010 season. Sadly there are many seeds in my stash that will not be sown this year, last year I seemed to have too many or not enough of many things......too many tomatoes for fresh eating, but not enough to process; too few green beans for a side dish or salad; too many cukes for fresh eating, not enough to pickle etc.. Because my space is limited I am considering doing an every other year type planting schedule for pickling cukes and tomatoes. If I grow both I am limiting my abilities to can, especially on the tomatoes. If I alternate years I can do sauce/salsa one year, and pickles the next. I am out of my mind to even consider this??? (I would still grow a few tomatoes for fresh eating.)
Lastly, anyone have a favorite salsa tomato? Can you use any type? (Last year I was going to make lots of fresh salsa and it didn't happen once.)