In recent years, we've belonged to one or another CSA. Before that, we had a community garden plot at Crabtree, which turned out to be logistically challenging, as it's on the other side of town and lacked facilities to clean up after digging and weeding. I had tried to secure one at the local community center, only to discover that I am seventh on the waiting list. So, this year (mainly for financial reasons) we are going to try to fill the above pots (plus some others) with the seeds below.
I have from Renee's Garden (formerly Shepherd's Seeds):
- a lettuce mix, Paris Market Basket
- carrots, Bolero Nantes
- radishes, Petit Dejeuner
- beets, Baby Ball
- a container (!) cucumber, Bush Slicer
- bush French beans, Rolande
- lettuce, Bronze Arrow
- radish, Cherry Belle
flowers from Helen, Ladybird Poppy, which didn't fare well in 2008, so it's getting another chance
and some lavender seeds from Suffolk Herbs, in England.
We'll also get, as seedlings, tomatoes, peppers, basil, dill, maybe potatoes (which I've read you can grow in a barrel). The garden behind the pots contains a lot of thyme, sage, chives, marjoram, oregano, etc., and the tomatoes and herbs usually go in there. I'm hoping to put in a horseradish root in a corner. There's nothing like the sinus-clearing jolt you get grating a fresh root of it.
I'm eager to see how we do in the hot weather, keeping everything watered. I'm trying to get a rain barrel set up, so am reading up on mosquito control.
I'm also reading up on planting by the phases of the moon . ..
A short view of the sky the other evening . . .