Nothing like cold temps and snow to get me thinking about what I ultimately want to do with my garden! Last post had a plan for my existing garden, but after some estimates and shrewd requests for materials, it looks like my dream garden is going to work out. I made this plan the same day as my previous one, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Something about it feels very “right”. The little bit of enginerd in my blood is also charmed by the straight lines and neatness about the plan. I’m going to do my damndest to make this work this spring. We’ll see what happens.
I was playing around with my garden plan yesterday. Originally I was looking to expand my potager and come up with phases to eventually nearly eliminate the lawn in the backyard. My plan expand started to fall apart when I started worrying about cost – soil, compost, peat/coir, mulch, not to mention physical labor – it started to add up. So I downsized my plan so it would fit into what I have right now.
Tomatoes will stay where they were last year. I was researching on whether rotation was necessary and it seems for the small home garden that it is not unless disease becomes a problem. I will try peppers again this year, and will try quite a bit from seed. I made a mistake last year and probably started my seeds a month too early. Everything got leggy and I got burned by a late frost, so I wound up having to purchase replacement plants. I’m still considering wintersowing. I don’t know if it’s too late to start or not. I figure if I can’t find enough containers for it, that Gladware would do. I just don’t really want to futz with the setup I had last year. Plus my house tends to be dark, drafty, and cool – not the best combination for seedlings. In fact, today I’m going to dig out my seeds, possibly get some soil and get my containers going. Given that I’m looking to plant many multiples of marigold (which are damn easy to start from seed) and herbs, instead of going broke I can potentially get what I need through wintersowing.
What is it about this time of year that triggers gardening fever?