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Well I'm gearing up for this year's garden and had the epithany that beyond just getting outside for the exercise, peace of mind, it really is a conscious choice about what I'll be eating later on in the season and beyond. I still have some squash mash for amazing squash muffins, tomato paste for pizza still in the freezer from last fall.
So I'll be setting up my "grow tables" in the next couple of weeks in the basement to get things going.
Last year I bought tons of seeds and didn't use half of them, planted way too many tomatoes (over 80 plants) and could have used the space for a larger variety of plants. I had deer, gopher, ant, squirrel damage, the gopher had all my broccoli to himself and most of my cabbage, but on the other hand had the surprise of butternut squash growing directly out of my compost bin.
Seeds I planted last year included iceberg lettuce which did well but went to seed because I couldn't eat it fast enough, instead we ate Hart's special lettuce mix which grow for most of the season and is great in salads. We grew four varieties of tomatoes - Big Boy's, Brandywines, Siberians, Roma, and all looked to be doing great until blossom end rot hit due to low calcium in the soil. We composted most but picked out enough to use. This year I'll be planted some cherry & grape tomatoes to get something earlier in the season and to spread out the harvest all season long instead of the end.
As mentioned above the Copenhagen Market cabbage and the Calabrese broccoli made the gopher happy. The ants attacked my sweet corn and I finally won the battle by destroying a well entrench colony, I think. The corn was to be the center support for my "three sisters", corn - squash - beans. They did well without the corn.
The deer lost out due to a new fence but they would have severe damage without it.
We had some mid to late season luck with our sweet peppers, some lasting long enough to turn from green to a sweet red. Our lima beans & laxton progress peas did not transplant well and I think we'll direct sow them this year.
I'm hoping to be able to post about the garden at least once weekly, love to hear about your garden, whether it be just a container or farm.