Wednesday, February 22, 2012

what we're (hopefully) growing this year

After many late nights of this:


 And time passing all too quickly as my baby makes her first genuine attempt at crawling:

(note that she's shown little interest in crawling toward anything but this. Oh yeah, that's my girl!)

I've finally placed the last of my seed orders.

It's always a strange process for me, this planning stage. I seem to go through a whole spectrum of emotions - there's the initial excitement, elation really, at all the amazing possibilities. Then there's the deciding/fretting bit, which is quickly followed by the burnout phase and the accompanying "oh no, what have I gotten myself into" fear of complete and utter failure thing, and finally it all seems to culminate in the deep breath of a hopeful prayer. It's wonderfully exhausting work, and I haven't even taken a shovel to the soil yet!


This will be our first full year of planting here, so naturally I have high hopes, but am also trying to ground myself in the knowledge that first years are often the learning ones. So, I'm planting some things I've had success with in the past, some things my research tells me should do well here, and some things that will likely push the boundaries a bit! My foremost goal, though, is to grow the things we want to eat. I often consider what ingredients I need for making our favorite meals, and this guides my thinking about what to plant. 


Some orders have already arrived, and others will be trickling in over the next few weeks. This year I'm growing things from my collection of saved seeds, and most of my new seeds are coming from Baker's Creek and Fedco. My garlic and potatoes are from The Potato Garden, and I'm experimenting with a garden for the chickens with a poultry package from Sustainable Seed Company.


So, you want to know what we plan to grow this year? I put a tab under the banner so you can see my running list

Wherever your own planting journey finds you this time of year, I hope it's a good one.

22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea to post a running list of the foods you are growing, love it!!!

    I do the same thing here with our garden, plant the things we eat, plant a few new things and always at least one thing that pushes the boundries a bit.

    Have fun!

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  2. Our first attempt at gardening here in Australia has been a mixed bag really...success with some plants and total failure with others but as you say it's all about the learning process.
    I have been giving some thought to what we can grow over the cooler months and finding it all rather mind boogling :)
    Happy gardening Jaime.

    x

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  3. I'm still a bit in the fanciful planning stages though I have ordered some of my seeds, and I just had to start a tray of microgreens so that I would not jump the gun and start seeds too early. I love the idea of a chicken garden :)

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  4. I'm a little jealous of your lovely plans... :) I'm still not sure what we'll be able to grow here, but I'll definitely try some cold-weather veggies. I'm hoping to join in with a community garden, but we'll see how that goes. Can't wait to see pics of your garden this summer!

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  5. I grow the paprika peppers and the Jahrdale and Long Island Cheese squashes and have great success with those. Tried growing the San Marzano tomatoes but they had a lot of stem end rot. Just goes to show you even gardeners with decades of experience have problems. Would suggest a lot of calcium in the form of eggshells for those. Hope yours turn out better than mine! You have the makings of some great meals!

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    1. Thanks for that tip, Jane! I had one great year with the San Marzanos and one horrible year, so we'll see what this round brings.

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  6. I ordered my seeds the end of January. I get excited just like you. As you saw in today's post, I planted my seed potatoes. I also have some seeds in the greenhouse that should be sprouting in a few days. Let's hope we have good rain this year!

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  7. you and i are on the same page, with garden plans well underway here as well. (and some of those nerves, too!) i thought i had sworn off gardening once and for all in favor of a CSA after 6 years (and 12 seasons) of results ranging from mediocre to downright awful. almost every year we lose money on our garden. the only things i can successfully and reliably cultivate are herbs. but after speaking to a couple more locals and getting a few more tips, i just cannot rid myself of the bug. we had quite the green thumbs when we lived in the midwest! so on Saturday i'm having three yards of new soil delivered for my raised beds. i'm taking it easy on myself and working from transplants this time. wish me luck! and good luck to you too! not that you'll need it! :D

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  8. Oh dear.. every day I have the intention to mak my list complete. Hope to finish it this weekend so I can finally send it to the wholesaler. We almost have to start, aren't we? ;o)

    Good luck!

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  9. You are so organised Jaime! I have been a bit slack about the planning and this summer has been hot and wet so i am a tad over the garden at the moment but you have inspired me to plan ahead for Autumn here in Aust!
    Love the crawling action...look out mama!!!

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  10. I had the same problem as Jane with the San Marzano tomatoes and blossom end rot last year, thought it was just me! LOL!! I have received all my seeds but still have to plot out the garden. I will be starting my tomatoes, peppers and eggplant seeds indoors here in the next week or so.
    You'll have to let the baby help you in the garden this year! :)

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  11. Baker Creek Seed Catalog is pure eye candy! I will have to check out the Sustainable Seed site. I am hoping that I will have tomato plants from the seeds that I saved last year--I followed similar instructions as printed in this year's Baker Creek Seed catalog.

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  12. I love how you describe the emotions of planning! So true! I look forward to seeing how your garden does this year! Looks like you have a great plan :-)

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  13. all of this look soooo yummy!! :) we haven't ordered seeds, but often can get them locally, so I may just do that... but we did plant a few starters... they are shooting up! they are next to the sliding glass door and I often hear my chickens pecking at the door trying to have their way with my green babies. :)

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    1. Heehee :) That's fun! Do you mind if I ask where you get your seeds? I've had a hard time sourcing them in Colorado, although I have found Lake Valley and Botanical Interest seeds at O-Toole's....

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  14. Wow, Jamie!! What a garden you'll have! I love your idea of keeping a list here on your blog. Mind if I join you? I started a spreadsheet, but I think this looks like much more fun. It will be interesting to compare notes about our cross-country gardens!

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    1. Yes, please! I would LOVE to compare notes and see what you're growing!!

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  15. I have plans for my plot this year. Last year I didnt grow much besides tomatoes and some herbs. Part of me is a little scared of failure. I guess I just need to order some dirt and start planting...just hope I dont end up feeding the deers! Ha
    I am having a gift away on my blog, love for you to enter!

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  16. my fingers are itching to get into the dirt.
    I love your description of the emotional cycle through the process- I think I could apply it for just about every project I sink into!

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  17. Is your child saying your name yet?

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