This is year three of spring at our house — the snow has been gone for a few weeks now, but I have done nothing to any of the gardens. I haven’t made any seed orders, nor started seedlings, and the front garden is only raked because Matt did it. I’m not burning out — I’m sick right now, which is making things challenging — but I think I’m dialing back.
I plan to use all of the space we have claimed and reclaimed for gardening, and I want to rehabilitate more of it this year, too. But I’m not doing anything complex or fancy this year, and I’m recognizing where shortcuts may be better. Until we get a good grow light setup, my seedlings are doomed to fail, each year. So I’m not bothering with early starts from seed — I’ll go to the nursery and get ones that are already in good health. And I’ll buy flower starts too. Sure, I’ll pay a bit more, but they’ll actually grow, and maybe next year we’ll have our own light system sorted out.
I bought my seed packets at Walmart from one of the big warehouse seed companies. I only grabbed a few things, because I still have a lot leftover from last year. This is a far cry from my massive seed orders from years past! But I have a lot, already, and I only want to buy things I can directly sow. I may make a small Veseys order, because there are a few things I’d like that don’t exist in-store, but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t get around to it on time.
I want a child-friendly garden this year, and I want to only plant things we will actually use. Last year I had tomato plants taking up a large, large chunk of my upper vegetable garden. Nobody in this household likes tomatoes but me and I can’t eat six plants’ worth. I don’t know why I grow greens, when getting people to eat them is like pulling teeth (even me — I don’t actually LIKE that much kale).
Carrots, we’ll eat. Peas, we’ll eat. Beans, we’ll eat. Lettuce. Spinach. Cucumbers. Squash. Bok Choy is about as exotic as it gets. Give me basil and rosemary and peppers and broccolini (maybe). I don’t feel like planting things out of novelty this year because it seems to end up wasted, anyway.
So that’s my very sporadic, not planned at all garden. I don’t have a garden mapped out; I’m not sure if the raised bed will make it this year (it’s peeling layers of wood away); I don’t know if we’re digging in new veggie beds; I didn’t weed mat any of the places I was going to weed mat last year… but I’ll do it as it comes. The only pressing thing I have to do in the next few weeks is fix up the pea fences and get the early seeds in the ground.