posted on Mar, 30 2018 @ 07:54 AM
I always look forward to this time of year.
I have a medium size garden plot [ 50 X 30 ] at the far end of the yard and every year, I plan what I want to grow. Tomatoes are a given. I plant
regular size and cherry tomatoes every year.
I put in Peach trees, strawberries and raspberries years ago and other than a little fertilizer and pruning, they pretty much take care of
themselves, so all I have to do is take care of the garden.
I've never used pesticides and yeah, I lose a few peaches or tomatoes and such to bugs, but I'm not spraying poison on my food either, so it's
worth the loss.
I really do enjoy harvest time and my breakfast [ or lunch ] when everything is in season is a handful each of cherry tomatoes, raspberries and
strawberries and a peach fresh off the tree. I just grab the colander, fill it up, rinse everything off with the hose, sit on the back porch and
I'm outside most of the time in warm weather and constantly picking and munching on something out of the garden. Want something crunchy? Pull a
carrot. On a hot Summer day, there's just nothin' like grabbin a knife and slicin' up a watermelon you grew yourself and had cooling in the fridge.
Screw the plates... grab a hunk, sit outside, get it ear to ear and have a seed spittin' contest like when you were a kid.
Potatoes are are easily available and just not worth the effort and where I live, corn on the cob is everywhere. Local market, road side
stands, hell, I can walk a quarter mile down the road and pick my own.
Years ago I bought Heirloom seeds and I've saved seed from just about everything else, so I have a pretty good variety as far as selection goes.
This year, along with the usual suspects, I think I'll plant some :
Jalapeno, Poblano and Habanero peppers You can make a nice dip/sauce with the Poblanos and the others I use in chili, scrambled eggs, etc, etc..
Sugar Baby watermelon
Ambrosia muskmelon [ a hybrid that's sweeter and juicier than others ]
cauliflower [ love that steamed with Pepper Jack cheese melted over the top ]
Green Beans [ might just save some space and plant those along the fence ]
Zucchini [ love it fried ]
Over the years, my garden has given me much more than just fresh vegetables. Teaching my kids self reliance, digging holes, playing in the dirt and
then see the results of their labors when it was ready to pick. When my kids were little and I had all the green tomatoes I wanted and it was too late
in the year for the rest to ripen, we played tomato baseball with the green ones. Messy but oh my God it was so much fun.
What are you planting this year?