Friday, December 31, 2010

Starting Anew

Last year was really busy - moving, quickly building our garden, starting my doctoral program, getting to as many Brewers games as possible, and trying to keep up with the garden. Garden-wise, there is lots of room for improvement. My husband agrees that we should have more space, so we're actually going to triple the size of the garden, adding 4 beds! We got the 2 beds together in about 2 days last year, so this shouldn't be too much of a project. The bigger project will be hiring a landscaper to take out the trees lining the back of our property so the garden gets more sun and I can plant squash/cucumber/melon plants back there. To retain some privacy we're going to build a trellis (probably 4-5 feet high) that will become the home for my husband's hops and, at least this year, some beautiful sunflowers. We'll build a gate into the trellis so it will be a gorgeous entrance to our garden paradise.

I spent quite a few hours last night pouring over the 2011 Seed Savers Exchange catalog, and came up with a plan for this year's garden:

  • Ideal Market (green stringless bean)
  • Red Swan (purple stringless bean)
  • Eiskerby (edamame)
  • Burpee's Golden
  • Chioggia (a beautiful red/white variety)
Broccoli: De Cicco

  • Dragon (gorgeous red/purple variety)
  • Scarlet Nantes
Leeks: Blue Solaise

  • Australian Looseleaf
  • Forrellenschlus
  • Red Iceberg
Arugula: Appollo

  • Charentais
  • Emerald Gem
Onion: Yellow Parma

  • Aurora (will grow in container)
  • Candlelight (will grow in container)
  • Bull Nose Bell
  • Garden Sunshine
  • Jalepeno - Traveler's strain
Spinach: Bloomsdale

Swiss Chard
  • Five Color Silverbeet
  • Rhubarb Red
Summer Squash
  • Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Golden Zucchini
Winter Squash
  • Amish Paste
  • Sheboygan
  • Blondkopfchen (grew these last year and they're a must again this year)
  • Dr. Wyche's Yello
  • Italian Heirloom
  • Genovese Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Italian Parsley
  • Cilantro (will grow in container as ornamental, may end up in husband's beer)
Sunflower mixture

Whew! That's a lot of stuff, but I've already planned out my tasks on a calendar. I need to create a growing station in the basement, but my first planting task is to start the onion, parsley and chard seedlings the weekend of March 12.


  1. Let's see if this will post......Mom

  2. Looks like you've mastered the art of leaving comments! :)

  3. Nice to see the Spring thaw in progress. How are you coming with your growing station & prep work?

  4. seed trays, warmer, labels, etc have been purchased. Just need to start planting in a few weeks.