Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Garden Planning, and Your Top 5
But back to the greens and herbs for a moment, these are the items I crave the most. Sure I can get them anywhere, but fresh herbs and salad ingredients are what I would use everyday if given the opportunity- so why not give myself that opportunity! The other cool bit is that I have come to enjoy the many flavors and textures that having a variety have greens can offer. Mustards, Asian Greens, Chard, Kale and other oddities like Claytonia make a delicious plate of colors, flavors, and textures. (I went so far as to make up my own lettuce mix this week, its getting crazy over here, lol!) And what is up with half of my beds being filled with onions, garlic, and shallots? I mean really- what was I thinking? Now I have room for little else, like all those greens I have decided I need in my life. Sheesh.
I need to learn to rely on the farmer's markets for trying out a new pepper or tomato variety, not my garden. This is of course limiting, but in reality how many different peppers and tomatoes do I really need in my life? A little of this and a little of that can be picked up anywhere, but the heart of my food - the potatoes, peas, lettuce, favorite tomato varieties, and things that can be stored and preserved for nourishment should take center stage. It may not be glamorous, but I think it would make good use of space and money to concentrate on these few things, and do them really, really well. It all goes back to the KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. It is in the KISS spirit that I must document my intentions for next Spring: I will concentrate on getting my "KISS List"- herbs, peas, chard, spinach, kale, and lettuce sown asap- and in copious quantities! (Everything else will have to show it's merit this gardening season in order to make the final cut for 2011.) So, if YOU were stranded on a gardening island and could only order 5 seed packets, what would they be? (And yes you are alone, and no, there are no other gardens to go foraging for seed in. ☺)
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