I finally started work on my Gardening List for the coming 2011 season. Although I have notes and little reminders here and there, it’s time to pull it all together and get organized.
In previous years I have included my list on the above tab “Gardening” and will continue this year. My biggest challenge when planning for the coming season is the fact that I am torn between two homes which are a travel distance of 5 hours apart. I have learned over the past few years that you really have to be on location when gardening and if you are gone for several days in a row, you need to have someone look after all your plants. This little tip hit hard last summer when I was gone for 2 weeks and the weather scorched out at 115 degrees and did a number on every little and big plant I had growing. It was a painful experience and still very clear in my thoughts. So as I look through my seeds, I have to first decide where I will be spending most of my time and if I do leave; will the plants survive.
The garlic was planted October, 2010 – 500 bulbs here up North and about 300 down South. They are sleeping well underneath the huge layer of snow right now and will wake up as Spring approaches. Mid-July I will be harvesting all the garlic and then it will cure (dry out) for about a month. The 5 varieties growing this year are Chet’s Italian, Inchelium Red, Chrysalis Purple, Persian Star and Chesnok Red.
This year I intend to grow more Sunflowers. They have always amazed me and I find them such a daunting yet graceful (in their own way) flower. I have my seeds all ready and waiting the exciting season ahead … Chocolate Cherry Sunflower, Junior (good for containers), Cinnamon Sun, Autumn Beauty and I am trying the Edible Snack Seed Sunflower also.
I will be working on “the list” today and although I have my updated version posted, I still have to decide what to plant where and most importantly … Where am I going to be?
Will it be Munchie Monday or Menu Monday … that is the question! The poll is still open for your vote ! Make sure to have your recipe ready for Monday … when the fun begins!!