Sunday, April 29, 2012
Planning for the Summer Garden
Only two weeks until our last frost date here in Santa Fe. Like usual, it has sneaked up on me. I still need to uncover the raised beds, prep the soil by adding some more compost, and make my garden plan. I should have already planted my lettuces, beets and radishes, but this is supposed to be fun so I'm not going to worry about it.
I did manage to plan ahead on my seed starts. Most people tell me that they don't have good luck with starting tomatoes, but I wanted to give it a try. I'm starting Sweet 100s, San Marzanos, a Rainbow blend of cherry tomatoes, Beefsteaks and Cherokee Purples. I only have 4 spaces in my SFG for climbing plants so I'm considering building another bed that is 8 feet long and 2 feet deep for more climbers. Buying all of the ingredients and mixing the soil is a lot of work plus we'll need to buy materials for another box. It should be easier this year now that we know what we're doing, but I'm not sure I want to invest the energy for another box. Do I really need 12 tomato plants?? Hmmm, I think I might. Last year I had five at the house and another dozen at the community garden.
I've also started two kinds of basil, two kinds of eggplant, jalapenos, and bell peppers.
Are you planning a garden for this summer? What are you most looking forward to? I can't wait to make beet raviolis, carrot cake and pesto. And of course lots of salads with homegrown lettuce - so much better than store bought.