Posts tagged ‘Veggies’

October 12, 2011

I’m a Planner!

And I’m proud of it!  I like organization, colored highlighters, my calendar, and lists.  So it shouldn’t surprise you when I tell you that I’m planning my garden for next year!

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I literally ripped this years garden out and started regrouping.  What can I say?  I find the planning is just as much fun as the actual doing.

I’ve labeled and sealed up leftover seeds.  I’m not sure if I can use them next year, but I’m saving them while I do my research.

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I’ve started browsing the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website.  I’m definitely eyeing up some beautiful veggies for next year.  I may have even threw the question out to Steve, “um, how much can I spend on seeds?”  Surprisingly he gave me a $50 limit.  I was shocked, but really it’s quite reasonable.  I didn’t do any calculating, but I know we saved well over that amount in the food we reaped.

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I’ve also started to mull over some goals and things I’d like to do differently for next season.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far….

  1. Plant more Heirloom seeds!  These plants did just as well, if not better than the others.   They were most definitely more colorful and color means nutrients!  I would even dare to say they had more flavor!  They are only a bit more expensive for the seeds, but there is a much greater variety to choose from and it’s totally worth it.  And like I said before, still a huge savings compared to buying them at the market.  Plus it’s nice to know that we are eating unmodified produce the same as it was grown many years ago.
  2. Keep a garden journal.  I kept some notes on various pieces of paper this season, but nothing formal.  We are stepping up the organization in this area and I hope to buy a journal soon.  I hope to keep plant rotations, varieties planted, successes, failures, and other general tips to remember.  I can’t wait to buy a pretty covered journal with crisp clean pages.  Can you tell I like office supplies?
  3. Track the cost and savings of the garden.  This is a lofty goal, but I hope to track the produce I sow from the garden and calculate an estimate of what it would have cost if I purchased it at the store.  I’ll also track the money I put into the garden, minus the time, because I consider it my hobby.  Then I can actually see how much I’m saving!
  4. Save more of what I sow!  That’s why I’ve dedicated a whole page to it on the blog.  Hopefully next season it will be overflowing with more information on canning, freezing, dehydrating, or maybe some other techniques!
  5. And finally, plant a formal herb garden off of our back patio.  This is actually in the planning stages!  Hopefully we will be buying materials soon and building it in the garage over the winter.  It’s going to be functional and beautiful and smell great!

My list could probably go on and on, but if I accomplish these goals I’ll be mighty proud.  Now I’ve just got to translate these into a to do list in my planner.  Let the winter planning and reading begin!

Hope you’re looking forward to next season as much as I am!

Are you a planner or do you just think planning this far ahead is crazy?!

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April 6, 2011

Growth is Good

When you’re a baby.  Here is a little update on my babies.  They are getting so big!  I’m so proud!

Mighty mint

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Tiny celery

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Leaning onion

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The baby farm

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Tall tomato

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A late blooming pepper

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Oregano:  The gangs all here

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Pretty pink chard

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Parsley waves

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Basil flowers

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Pepper party

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Chives with top hats

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10 month old little monsters

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