After ten years in the city, attending horticulture school and working in the field for other people this whole time, I finally have a garden of my own! Well, "garden" might be a bit of a stretch - what I actually have is a concrete patch that I am going to transform into a container vegetable garden. Even though I haven't moved in yet (heck, I haven't even packed a single box), I've been planning the garden for weeks. I just placed my seed order - read on to see what I'm growing.
I ordered from our favorite seed source, Johnny's. Here's what I chose:
'Caselode' pea (to plant, as is traditional, on St. Patrick's Day)
claytonia and mache (both of these are easy to grow, unusual salad greens that are pricey in the store but easy to grow in cool weather)
mixed lettuces (these are "cut and come again" varieties instead of head lettuces, so they can be loose-leaf harvested as needed)
'Diamant' cucumber (this compact variety is good for both pickling and eating fresh. I made sure to choose a variety that is parthenocarpic, or self-fruitful, so I wouldn't need to grow several plants to insure a male pollinator was present)
'Par-Cel' cutting celery (a leaf celery that is much easier to grow than stalk celery. Besides, everyone knows the leaves are the best part!)
'Early Wonder' beets (good for both greens and roots)
I also have seed for chives, basil, parsley, nasturtiums, and calendula. I plan on growing tomatoes, of course, but since I don't really have the facilities for seed starting, I will buy plants at the farmer's market this spring. I'm hoping to find 'Sungold' cherry tomato (a favorite of my husband, for good reason - it is extremely tasty and produces literally hundreds of fruits over the season), a good heirloom paste tomato and a good heirloom slicer with large fruits. I know when I see the selection, though, I'll probably end up with more than I can handle. It's so easy to get carried away!
What are you planning on growing this season? Have you ordered yet? I look forward to FINALLY growing along with you all this year!