Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I have made a commitment to Angie at Children in the Corn to start a vegetable garden. She has taken on five of us novices to offer advice and counsel and has already given us a list of what she planted in 2007 (yikes!).
Mine won't be a big garden: about five by seven feet. Right now it has a few perennials in it: Sedum Autumn Joy; Black-eyed Susan; some very very tall asters that were a gift from a friend who thought they were dwarfs (not) that keep reseeding and I keep pulling; a lot of grass. I'll transplant the Sedum and Black-eyed Susan to other garden beds. And dig up the grass and the asters (and keep pulling them all summer, I'm sure).
Right next to the future Victory Garden is a small plot with a rhubarb plant and some chives (so that's a start).
I'm thinking plum tomatoes, bell peppers, maybe some radishes, carrots, and green onions, and butternut squash. And garlic. And spinach. I don't know if all that will fit or not. But I'd like to have something I can harvest early, tomatoes for canning, and a good storage vegetable.
Next week is an organic gardener's meeting at our public library. I didn't know we had a group like that here, but a few weeks ago I saw a posting on one of the village billboards.
Last spring I read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Miracle, a thought-provoking and entertaining book. What I learned from her book will make the gardening a more enriching and interesting experience. And having a personal coach in Angie will make it very special. (No pressure, Angie - honest!)
Posted by Ginnie