We’re not going to make the same mistake we did last year with assuming we’d move earlier and not putting in a garden. While we certainly hope to be able to move to our new home towards the end of this year, there are no guarantees, and we’ll get a fair amount of the harvest either way.
That said, we may also establish some garden beds at the new place for things that don’t need close cultivation and can survive largely on their own. This plan remains to be fleshed out and decided on.
In any case, as usual we ended up with a ton of different things we want to grow, and probably more than we’ll actually pull off. We’ll see.
In no particular order, here’s what we’re planning (high level, not going to dive into specific strains or varieties)
Beans – We’re planning here mainly on bush and running green beans, no dried beans. Basically the stuff that the kids like to eat fresh and we like to can.
Beets – These are good eating in two ways … the root and the greens. Definitely more of a ingredient type crop, and a new one for us.
Broccoli – Third time is the charm, I hope. We haven’t had much luck with broccoli in the past, but we like it alot and eat a ton of it, so it makes sense to try again.
Brussels Sprouts – A staple of our diet for a good part of the year, we all love these. Fresh, of course, not frozen. This is another new crop for us this year.
Cabbage – We love cabbage, and hope that it will do well in our new climate. My wife makes a cabbage salad that is heaven on earth. And of course I have this Harsch crock that likes making sauerkraut for me…
Carrots and Radishes – These usually don’t make it out of the garden. Kids devour them. Must plant LOTS this year to hopefully actually get some to eat.
Cukes – This year we’re planning on limiting the varieties here to one slicer and one pickler variant.
Greens – Pretty straight forward … lots of various lettuces, spinaches, and mustard greens. And we can’t forget the Raddichio!
Cantaloupe and Watermelon – Didn’t have good luck with these last year but we’re in a different climate zone now and have a hotter summer. Maybe that’ll help.
Onions – Need I say more?
Peas – I plan on using a three-variety mix here that lets us plant at the same time but thanks to different maturity times end up with a staggered harvest. Focus on sugar snap style peas, but will probably add a fourth variety for some snow peas.
Peppers – I love me my peppers. Hot and sweet, I love them all. And plan to grow alot of them. A whole lot.
Zucchini – Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Enough said. (Yes, another Wife Specialty. Her stunning beauty isn’t the only reason I married her … she’s a darn good cook too!)
Tomatoes – Probably a roma variety and a cherry variety, maybe a larger slicer but probably not. Also will probably grow tomatillos (I know, not really a tomato, but close enough) for salsas.
Herbs – Parsley, chives, basil, oregano, cilantro, dill, etc etc … all the usuals.
So … my question to you … what are some of your favorite varieties that we should try this year?