Yes, I know it’s still January. I don’t care. I’m planning my garden now anyway. The seed catalogs started arriving weeks ago, and it took so much will power to not start placing orders right away. I normally order a huge seed assortment from several companies, but this year I plan to do things differently.This year I am taking the following things into consideration:
What do we eat a lot of? Last year I had far too many eggplant starts. Rather than waste them I planted them all. We had too many eggplant to eat, and couldn’t find enough people to take them off our hands, so many went to waste. This year I will plan to only grow what we will eat or can preserve. I also tend to order a lot of interesting veggies…like purple carrots, or those really long green beans. This year, I’m not going to order things just because they look so cool.
What costs the most at the grocery store? There is a good case to be made for growing more of the produce that would cost more for you to buy. For example I love to eat green beans and sugar snap peas, which are both on the higher end of the grocery cost spectrum. Since I know that we will eat as much as we can grow, I plan to use more garden space and pay more attention to these.
What preserves well? As I said above, I hate to waste produce. I’m taking into consideration which crops will freeze, or can well, which can be pickled or put into sauces. I want to get the most out of our work and space.
What do we need more of in our diet? My increasingly picky eaters need a bit more “adventure” in their eating habits. I think that if B took a part in growing our food, he might be more apt to eat it. (perhaps that is wishful thinking) While my boys do well with the regulars of green beans, peas, carrots, and sweet corn, they turn up their noses at pretty much every other veggie. We rarely eat beets, turnips, Brussels sprouts, radishes and squash, (things that the hubs and I both enjoy) so this year I plan to try and introduce those to my kiddos.
I don’t have much worked out yet, but I’m glad to be started with the planning. I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil and show my boys how to grow healthy food in our back yard. I hope that you are all enjoying browsing through your seed catalogs as well.