One Robin, three gaggles of geese, and nine skunks — four live, five of the roadkill variety — have been spotted here since the middle of last week. It may not be spring-like outside, but the signs that she is, in fact, on her way have given me renewed hope in the inevitable and this weekend I decided it was time to buckle down and finish the garden planning and seed shopping for the year. Finally.
I’ve become something of a gardening disgrace over the years. Where I once was keen to accumulate vast seed collections requiring their own storage units with the best of them, it has become increasingly easy for me to whittle away at that stash as of late. I’ve discovered my favorites over the years and am mostly happy to stick with them.
Unless we’re talking tomatoes, in which case all bets are off.
Here are our growing plans for 2013:
Tomatoes & Tomatillos
San Marzano Redorta
Russian Bull Heart
Sweet Carneros Pink
Franchi Giant Pear
Hahms Gelbe Topftomate
Blue Lake Bush
Tom Thumb Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Blue Curled Scotch Kale
Ruby Red Swiss Chard
Squashes & Pumpkins
Rouge Vif d’Etampes
Yellow Crook Neck Summer Squash
Artichoke, Imperial Star
Beets, Bull’s Blood
Broccoli, Waltham & Romanesco
Carrots, Kuroda & Tonda di Parigi
Cucumbers, Straight Eight Slicing
Kohlrabi, Purple Vienna
Radishes, French Breakfast & White Icicle
Turnip, Purple Top Globe
Of course, as any gardener knows this is only the plan so far, there’s not saying what might happen the next time I’m near a seed display or my vehicle is spontaneously pulled off the road into a local garden center as the weather warms in the spring. (That happens sometimes, you know.) And since I’ve somehow managed to increase the garden size by about three-hundred square feet despite 2013 being the first year in several that we have not offered CSA subscriptions — we’ll still have produce available for sale as available throughout the summer so be sure to like the farm facebook page and sign up for the newsletter list if you’re local and haven’t already — I’m sure there’ll be plenty of space for last minute additions. Which is how I’m always getting myself in trouble, I’m sure.
What are you growing this year? What are your favorite varieties?