Saturday, January 28, 2012

Planning My Garden

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Okay, it's still January, but is it every too early to start planning the garden for spring.

For YEARS, we have had problems with bunnies and ground hogs eating our veggies.  It's enough to make you rip out y our hair.  Yes, the animals need to eat to live, but why my garden?  (We have a farm behind us.  Yes, they eat there, but seem to have dessert in our yard.  And the farm only harvests a fraction of what they grow.  We wonder ... is it a tax write off?  Can you say government subsidies???)

Last summer, Mr. Ground Hog ate my potato plants.  Since he loved our Brussels sprouts so much the year before, we tried growing them in containers but learned they have really large root systems pots just don't cut it.

And while the ground hogs and bunnies didn't eat our tomatoes, the chipmunks did.  And since it has rained a lot these past couple of years, our tomatoes have had blight. (Nasty leaves and --ick-- black (rotten) spots on our tomatoes.

Our parsley did really well last summer, as did our green beans (well, those that survived the bunnies)--at least until the tail-end of a hurricane came through and broke the bean poles, making it difficult to find and harvest the crop.

Are you planning a garden this year?  If so, what will you plant?