Ceckery's blog: Still buried under snow

Posted on Feb 4, 2021 1:06 PM

Getting closer to getting things ready to garden, despite the 15 inches of snow we got last week and the 3-5 predicted for this weekend. Picked up 6 more pots for herbs, to place in the garden. Picked up more herb and pea seeds. Also bought another new succulent since I had one die. Rory (the dog) loves going to Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace with me and all the employees love him. He's great about just letting me shop.

Current plan is 10 tomatoes (8 black krim, 2 black icicle), 8 sweet peppers (probably 6 snacking - 2 of each color, and 2 mini bell), 1-2 cucamelon, probably 2 each of ground cherry and cape gooseberry. I've got 3 types of peas I'm going to try (Kelvedon wonder, sugar snap, and Lincoln homesteader). They'll grow up the same trellis the tomatoes will but the peas will be done by the time the tomatoes are going over the top. I've got at least 3 types of beans I'm going to try (Kentucky wonder, rattlesnake, and tri-color mix). They'll go up the same trellis the peppers are against. I might also try Tenderette and Blue Lake 247 if I can find a good spot for them. Carrots and parsnips will be in large pots, possibly under the trellises but we'll see. Various types of lettuce and onions will be in 1 gallon pots. Lettuce will be under the tomato trellis, onions will be anywhere I can fit. Some herbs will be in a hanging planter and possibly pots on my porch. Others (and maybe duplicates) will be in pots or in ground scattered around the garden. I've got Lemon Balm, Cinnamon Basil, Garlic Chives, Aton Basil, Sweet Basil, Dark Opal Basil, Lime Basil, Red Rubin Basil, Big Italy Parsley, Garlic Chives, Common Thyme to start from seed. Hopefully my chives, garlic chives, chocolate mint, and oregano survived in their pots over the winter. I might buy some sage as well.

I'm planning on adding a variety of flowers anywhere I can to encourage pollinators and beneficial insects. I've got 2 patches of strawberries, 1 row of raspberries, and 1 potted dwarf blueberry that hopefully all survive the winter as well. The black raspberries should do awesome. The red one we'll have to wait to see. I'm not sure how my strawberries will do since they didn't do great last year but I go for June baring and white pineberries. I'll add in a few more dwarf blueberries if I can.

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