I somehow have some time on my hands, so I thought it would be fun to start planning our 2012 veggie garden. Last year, we constructed a raised bed and planted seedlings we purchased from a nursery. I think we spent almost $100 on the seedlings. The problem was that due to IMTX, we couldn't actually work on the raised bed and garden until June. Sadly, our garden hardly did anything. I think I got a total of 1 zucchini (from 3 plants), 4 cucumbers (from 2 plants), and a ton of basil. The egglplant and peppers had fruit but they didn't actually grow or mature into something edible. The winter squash and cantelope were a complete bust. The herbs did really well, although it wasn't until August when the basil really took off.
Weirdly, our strawberries (which produced TINY but awesome berries) are still green. In JANUARY.
The plan this year is to start plants from seed in March and then plant them in April or May, depending on temperatures. My plant list is based on some items that I really LOVED from the CSA last year (romenesco summer squash), some herb favorites, and some veggies that I really like but didn't get much of with the CSA. I also had to keep in mind which plants I recieved in crazy amounts from the CSA and resist planting them myself. (although, I did buy cilantro and green onions.....).
In addition to the veggies, I bought one pound of seed garlic to plant in the yard. I got 4 varieties and it turns out that one pound equals about 60 individual cloves. You plant the clove of garlic in the fall and they magically turn into full bulbs of garlic. So.... I'll have 60 (!!) bulbs of garlic next summer. Interesting.
Golden wax bush beans:
(my mom's turtle LOVED these last summer)
Telegraph improved cucumber:
(I did get a ton of cukes from the CSA, but I like the idea of having my own home grown ones too. Here's hoping this variety does better than the 2 types I did last year)
Malaysian Dark Red Eggplant:
(I LOVE eggplant, but tragically, the CSA only gave me ONE of them last year. And my garden eggplants fruited but never actually grew.)
Early purple vienna kohlrabi:
(I freaking loved the kohlrabi I got from the CSA last year. Excellent raw in salads. Texture of jicima (crunchy) and tasted sort of like a broccoli stalk.)
Rocky top lettuce mix:
Ho shi ko bunching onion
(I got a ton of green onions from the CSA. I'm planting these out of sheer curiousity)
Orange bell pepper
(who doesn't love a good pepper?)
(I FREAKING loved these. Very buttery tasting. Yummmy!)
Patisson golden marbre scallop squash
(I have no idea if these will be good or not. Its an experiment)
(I've never grown these before, so its an experiement. Something tells me we'll be innundated by tomatillos.....)
Herbs: genovese basil, sweet thai basil, dill, and cilantro. I will probably go and buy some oregano and thyme that's been started already.