Saturday, February 5, 2011
Can you believe it's nearly spring? We have a short growing season here in Washington State so to get the most out of it I need to either start seeds indoors or buy starts that are mature. But we all know which way is cheaper and ultimately more fun for the kids. We have a big sunny window that spends a few months of the year growing our garden seeds before they get transplanted outside in late May (it's been well into June the last few years). I'm doing a little something different this year with my garden. The last few years have been a total flop for me. There has been enough for a few months of fresh veggies and fruits but absolutely nothing to preserve. So, I'll be building up my soil using the Lasagna Garden method again this year because it's easy and I need an easy garden.
And then I'm planting a canning garden. I have three beds and I'll only plant three crops....but lots of them. I'm hoping to can pickles, so I found these cucumber seeds that are ideal for pickling.
We also use lots of diced tomatoes, salsa and marinara or spaghetti sauces so one of my beds will have roma tomatoes in it.
And in my third bed it will be all about green beans.
I chose those simply because we buy lots of these things at the grocery store and hopefully I won't have to buy any of these for a whole year if I play my cards right.
So if you're planning to have a garden this year. Now is the time to get your game plan in order. Get those seeds, map out what containers or beds you'll be using, and if you're planting crops that take a while to mature, start planting your seeds indoors soon.