Garden Plans for 2008
A turn of the calendar page, and so it begins; my new garden for 2008 is springing to life. At least on paper it is. The seed catalogs absorb me like the first rain to a sun-parched soil, pulling me in willingly with their beautifully written biographies of heirloom vegetables. A trickle of ideas becomes a deluge of possibilities. Can I make room for Paul Robeson's tomato? Is there space for the Gill Brothers' Golden Pippin Squash? Is there just one spare corner for Alan Chadwick's lettuce? It is so difficult to show restraint, but I know I must. The garden in which this cast of characters will cavort doesn't yet even exist. Maybe the better analogy for a seed catalog is not biography, but fantasy novel?
So I'm trying to organize the garden by asking myself and my husband a practical question: What do we want to eat each season? Let's make our plans from there.
We put to paper a list of what we hope to harvest from our garden this spring, summer, fall, and, yes, even winter. This list, I hope, will keep me focused on what's desired and what's possible -- especially when the newest seed catalogs drop at my doorstep. Then I can pick and choose accordingly among all those tempting heirlooms. We have one raised garden bed in which to plant the vegetables and fruits of our choice for spring. After that, we've got a lot of digging to do. A lot of digging... to make room for all the rest.