I did it. I ordered my seeds yesterday. A commitment has been made. Now all that’s left is the layout.
My favorite gardens have been potagers. They are functional and beautiful. They are interesting enough so I want to weed them and keep them clean (alright, sorta weeded and clean). One of the real reasons I love potagers so much is the look on Russell’s face when he sees it. He’s a straight row kind of guy and he always looks at my garden with scepticism. It makes me laugh. My garden has rows, just not all rows. I like things to have a certain whimsy about them yet be functional at the same time. I always plant things for the birds, bees and butterflies. I like color. Consequently I plant things that other people don’t. I love Scarlet Runner Beans. They are beautiful to grow. Hummingbirds and butterflies love them. I love picking the beans at the end of the season and marveling at their bright purple and pink spots. I can’t say that I like eating them so I plant them with another pole bean that I will eat and put up.
Each year I look through my past garden plans to see where the potatoes or tomatoes were planted in the past few years so I can rotate them around. The potatoes are always planted in rows because of the ease in hilling but I plant the tomatoes in all different configurations. This year I may plant blocks or circles of separate varieties instead of in rows. I also will be planting fewer varieties, but maybe more yellows. My new seed for the year will be Tom Thumb popcorn. I always try something totally different. Corn isn’t a do or die for me so when I plant it I do it totally out of curiosity. I figure it’ll probably turn into fodder for raccoons but you don’t know until you try.
Things to remember this year is to add a lot of compost before I till. Stake the tomatoes early (so they don’t get away from me). Get more caution tape for fencing – yes, works better than anything I’ve found although it isn’t all that pretty. Sharpen the weeding tools.
Best of all I will be cleaning off the Adirondack chairs in preparation for relaxing and enjoying the view.