2018 Garden Plan

It’s always a delight to plan the garden in January and February, letting your mind wander ahead of the seasons. Taking stock of what you have, what you want, and what you need to realize that. Considering the successes and failures of the year before (every year has them) and deciding your next steps.

We’ve had squash bugs the last two summers so I’m calling it and not planing zucchini, winter squash, or cucumbers. It’s hard to hold myself back but it also makes more space for things I love—like beans, peppers, tomatoes, flowers.

This might just be my first season of simplicity.

I’m excited. I think I might be able to pull it off this year.
Last year my flower game was strong, and I even kept up on the weeds pretty well.

So this year there will be a lot of haricot vert bush beans, two colors of basil, two colors of kale, Asian eggplants, lots of zinnias. Lots of tomatoes. Lots of COLOR.

Ordered seeds from Fedco. Have you heard of them? I love their selection, their prices (!), and even the volume—because I definitely don’t need as many seeds as I get most, especially when I like to shake things up year-to-year.

And for the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage (and kale! maybe basil!) I’ll buy starts from the local farms and grocery. We have some great selection in town and I’m done with the risk. Too many mistakes, too much waste.

This year we’ll plant a ‘hedge’ of sunflowers, amaranth and other flowers along the fence too. It will provide a little privacy from the neighbors and attract birds. And we love birds, so if we really make it happen I’ll be a happy kitty.


Just keep a’keepin’ on.

This year I am trying to keep things simple and enjoyable in the garden.

I ended up planting peas four times. And I still might only get two or three pea plants. Every year there is something that hasn’t done well – peas have been really solid for me the last few years, I guess this is their year. (Or not, rather.)

So, we’ll see what we get.
Positive side to an empty trellis: I’m going to try pole beans!

There are little solutions everywhere!

  • I killed my little tomato starts. Solution: buy them from a friend!
  • My eggplants didn’t sprout. Solution: buy them from Welcome Table Farm.

Some days, Sunset Magazine et. al. can make you feel like everything needs to be perfect, and you can drive yourself crazy thinking that way. If I remind myself I just want to grow some beautiful food to eat, then it stops mattering.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.

15 days ago, pretty then—wait until you see now.