Garden planning

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This year is going to be really exciting on the gardening front. I’ve been slowly adding more and more items to my garden wish list and this year I get to use a WHOLE PLOT of land with my mother-in-law! All of my dreams are going to become a reality and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Right now Evan and I live in a lovely condo in town, but we don’t have any dedicated outdoor space. We have two big balconies that are great for container gardens, though, so that’s what I’ve done for the past several years. Basil, tomatoes, dill, kale…I’ve grown so many different plants that I can harvest right outside my kitchen. I still plan on doing quite a bit of container gardening because I love how convenient it is to grab a handful of herbs or a head of lettuce for dinners. But I’m pumped to have more space to do loads more vegetables for this season.

Here’s what I’ve planned for 2018:

  • Potatoes (holy hell I have so many potatoes planned out!)
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Watermelon
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Pumpkins
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers

I think these are reasonable expectations since a lot of the veggies are spread out throughout the summer/fall so I’m not harvesting a ton all at the same time. The potatoes are what I’m excited for the most – I have 7 different varieties that I’ve purchased (shoutout to the Maine Potato Lady for having so many to choose from!) and they range from early harvest to late so I can enjoy delicious potatoes all year long! The late harvest ones were specifically chosen to store over winter so the only issue will be if I can make them last that long! Once you’ve had garden potatoes, it’s hard to go back. You can’t really compare those with the ones you can get from the grocery store. Fingerlings, Adirondack red, German butterball, Yellow Moon shallots – I’m going to be eating really well this year.

I’m hoping my tomatoes turn out better than last year, they seemed to be more fussy than usual and I kept having to move them to get the right amount of sun. Fingers crossed! There isn’t a good location for seedlings at my home right now, so I’m getting plants from a nursery for this year. Perhaps I can borrow someone’s basement and use lights so I can start from seeds next time?

It’s been a great winter, but I’m ready to get my hands dirty!

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