Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How Does the Garden Grow

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Downsizing to an apartment doesn’t mean I have to give up gardening. The local university extension rents out plots every year, and I moved from the waiting list to a guaranteed 20x20 foot garden. They will even till the soil for me! 20x20 was the smallest they rented. It’s pretty big if you ask me, especially for a singleton, although I have enough friends and family for gifting.

So…what to plant? The for-sure list – tomatoes, kale, beets, cukes, arugula.

But this year, I’d like to plant cutting flowers, too. The family home I left behind to start my new life had lots of perennial beds. This is going to be different. Rows of annual flowers specifically for filling vases with bouquets. I’m not sure how it will work out, but I’m looking forward to trying.

I’ve read online articles that suggest choosing a color palette and going from there. Apparently timing them so they are ready at the same time can be tricky. I really like dahlias, but just discovered they are tubers. Still might be worth the effort though. Also on the consideration list: pincushion flowers, bachelor buttons, zinnias, snapdragons, sweet peas (the dwarf version), the possibilities are endless.

Any suggestions? What are you growing this year? Isn't it fun to plan?