Last year I didn’t get a garden in – the first year since we’ve lived in our house that I waited too long and missed the planting window.
This year I was determined to not let that happen again, and so this past weekend, in celebration of the coming spring (and of my birthday, which was on the 2nd) ((and of the last freeze date, which is March 1 here)) we put in the garden.
My main garden bed is 10×12, so I’m limited to that plus what I can grow in containers. This year the in-ground bed contains:
- Tomatoes (6) (Celebrity hybrid, my best producer in years past)
- Eggplant (2) (White Beauty hybrid)
- Okra (6 hills) (Clemson Spineless)
- Beans (3 rows) (Bush Blue Lake)
- Dill (Fernleaf)
- Parsley (Flat leaf)
- Basil (Genovese)
I also totally re-did my container garden, with a heavy weight toward hot and sweet peppers, which do very well here in pots (they don’t like as much water as tomatoes and eggplant and beans, so if I plant them in the main bed, they tend to not produce much). In containers I have:
- Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers (6)
- Jalapenos (6)
- Sugar snap peas (with a trellis)
- Picklebush cucumbers (with a trellis)
- Zucchini (compact variety, hoping that works in a pot)
I can’t plant curcurbits in the ground because of downy and powdery mildew here, so I am trying them in pots. If it works, hooray, and if not, I’m only out the cost of the seed packets and a big tomato cage.
It was a perfect weekend for planting. 55 degrees and cloudy, with a light breeze – cool enough to need a light jacket, but hopefully also to help keep tiny seedlings from getting too stressed. My parents were in town to help with the garden, so it was a community effort, and quite fun. I got dirt under my fingernails and in my hair, and it was glorious.
At the end of the day, we grilled our dinner, and I made a burned offering of various herbs and resins to the fire, as a blessing for my newly replanted garden. I always try to make offerings to the fire when I can, and I’m planning a formal ritual for the gardens where I will take the blessings in return for the offerings I make, and pour them out over the plants (probably in the form of a watering can 🙂 ). The spirits of my garden tend to respond very well to poured offerings of various kinds as well (they’ve received everything from wine to cider to goats milk mixed with kahlua).
If all of this does well, I will be drowning in produce come May, which is exactly how I want it to be. I’ll make salsa and pickles and eat fresh warm tomatoes with fresh basil and olive oil and salt.