Thursday, March 5, 2009

Garden beginnings

Last year we were just arriving in Minneapolis this time of year and we didn't start planting anything til April or May. This year Jeremy has been doing a lot of planning for garden spaces and more plants and growing more from seed. He got lots of seeds from Seed Savers and has been making a schedule of what to plant, when, and how many. We're hoping to garden in our yard, a local community garden or two, and a couple friends and neighbor's yards.


a little organizing going on...

So, here's what we're planning to grow:
Arugula
Basil
Beans: lima, blue lake, calypso, christmas lima, empress, hidatsa shield figure, rattlesnake snap, and sieva lima beans
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Chervil
Chives
Cilantro
Cumin
Dill
Endive
Eggplant
Garlic
Horseradish
Hyssop
Kale
Fennel
Lettuce
Lovage
Muskmelon
Mustard
Okra
Parsley
Peas
Peppermint
Sweet Peppers
Hot peppers
Rosemary
Sage
Salsify
Shallots
Spearmint
Spinach
Skirret
Sorrel
Swiss Chard
Thyme
Tomatillo
Tomatoes
Wormwood

And some flowers we're planning on are nasturtiums, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, poppies, and sunflowers.

5 comments:

Dwelf the senior raincoat said...

You are obviously insane. What a list. Skirret! usually removed by invasive surgery, why would you grow it?

Jen said...

Wow- that is a GREAT list we ordered about half that from Seed Savers- When you get back in town we have to get together and go over seeds!

Mom said...

put an old gallon coffee can - or two on top of each other, with the bottoms cut out, around the peppermint - or it will take over your garden. It sends out runners underground and pops up wherever you don't want it. Or, any type of metal that you can create a space around the plant and then just bury it about 18 - 20 inches. Unless you want to have a peppermint farm in a couple of years

mom said...

another thought - You should get your congresspeople to sponser a bill that would give a tax credit ( like be able to deduct up to $50 or $100 a year for the cost of vegetable seeds, garden supplies, etc for growing your own food. And then if you donate some to a local food bank, a credit for that. That would encourage people to grow their own food, reducing the amount of carbon fuels we would have to use to import food from thousands of miles away, and alleviate hunger. if everyone in the US would grow a little garden, the benefits would be unbelievable. I suggest you because I am getting too old to lead the good fight.

Aimee said...

I don't know why we're growing skirret (or peppermint for that matter) - I just let Jeremy do the planning.

Jen - that would be cool to go over seeds!

Mom - thanks for the ideas for peppermint and the tax credit. Jeremy and I are on a committee making recommendations to the mayor regarding gardening, so I've passed this on to the committee. It's a great idea.