Friday, April 22, 2016

Break out the spade and get that garden in shape!

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

I like to grow veggies.  Flowers are pretty, but there's something very satisfying about eating what you grow. And, yes, I do know you can eat some flowers ... but they're rather like a garnish. Nothing like topping a spud you've grown with butter or sour cream. A pansy on my potato? No, thanks.

This year I'm going to try spuds YET again. (Never have been very successful.) And I'm going to try to grow just TWO zucchini plants. I don't want to end up like Earl and Opal Pickles.


I'm going to grow them from seed, so this weekend is the weekend.

We should have already planted our sugar snap peas, but ... it was cold and then hot and then cold and we were busy.

I always grow green beans, and this year I'm going to sand them. Yup. I read where scarring or nicking seeds will help them germinate faster. I watched a couple of Youtube videos about scarring and using sandpaper to do it. Usually I soak them, but that doesn't seem to work all that well, although better than just sticking them in the ground and hoping for the best.

Last year I did lettuce in a container and we had gorgeous leaf lettuce for the entire summer. I'm doing that again, too. And of course, tomatoes.

My worst enemies? Ground hogs and bunnies.  Yes, I know they need to eat, too, but we have an entire FARM behind us where they have a number of crops they can eat, but where do they choose to dine?  MY VEGGIE PATCH.

What are you growing this year?