Our gardening season has begun here in our Northern California garden
and there's no turning back now!
We've taken care of most of our spring chores but plenty more to do.
|Sticking my fingers in the picture so you can get an idea of the size of this massive peony!|
|Tree peonies the size of a dinner plate.|
|Most everything has been set out, still a few babies still being coddled in the greenhouse.|
All the little tiny seeds I've planted over the years and yet I'm still transported when their little green selves pop up. I am not a terrifically adventurous gardener anymore, I admit I've done all that in the past. One year it was white endive and white asparagus (there's a trick to that), red popcorn one year (that was fun!), also peanuts, soybeans and okra (disaster, they don't and won't grow in my region). And then there's the year I planted paprika peppers: ordered seeds from a specialty seed catalog, planted them and nurtured them, harvested them and dried them, then ground them up. For all my work I had a few jars of terrible tasting paprika that I threw out. So now, for the most part we plant the tried and true standards that we know will be successful in our region 9 garden. We plant the same vegetables every year but like to try new varieties. You gardeners will want to know what they are:
Leeks, French Baby Primor (new variety for us this year)
Beets, Baby Ball, Golden and Candy Stripe
Radish, Sparkler and Cherry Belle
Onion, Evergreen Bunching, White Lisbon Bunching and Italian Red of Florence (new variety)
Carrots, Cosmic Purple and Carnival Blend (both new varieties for me, very exciting!)
Dill, Long Island Giant, this reseeds itself
Basil, common sweet
Pole Green Beans, Emerite
Bush Green Bean, French Filet Bean Rolande and Classic Slenderette
Chard, Italian Silver Rib and Pot of Gold
Cucumbers, Fanfare (a new-for-me semi-dwarf plant with large fruit)
Lettuces, Sea of Red, Baby Mesclun Cut and Come Again Mix, Parris Island Cos
Garlic, Soft Neck Gourmet
Summer Squash, Yellow and Light Green Pattypan
Red Bell Peppers and Eggplant, we purchased as 6-packs at the garden center.
Tomatoes are our most favorite crop and this year we have Red Brandywine, Green Zebra, Amana, Black Krim, Goldie, Sun Sugar, Coustralee, Big Rainbow, Pineapple, Black Cherry, Momotaro and Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter, 30 plants in all. We also purchased plants of Better Boy, Early Girl and Big Beef from the garden center in case our heirlooms fail. That has happened before and it's heartbreaking, so I plant these hybrid varieties just in case disaster strikes, God forbid. Last year my hubbie took over the tomato department and I was glad to hand it over, he did a great job and I renamed him Mr. Tomato.
|Tomato plants in cages.|
Bye for now, and there's still time to enter the Kidsilk Haze Glamour Giveaway!