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It’s been a while, but the weather has finally turned spring-y, so that combined with the crazy price hikes in food is really motivating me to get my gardening act together. Yesterday we got our garlic in the mail from Pinetree. Travis was able to get out and rototill our gardening patch.
It’s going to be maybe 3/5 of the size of the last time we attempted to garden, and of that area, about half is going to be devoted to tall things, like broom corn and sunflowers. I love growing those! We’ve gone wrong in the past by trying to plant too much – too much food to harvest, and too much ground to take care of. I’m trying to go back to my gardening roots, so I got out the Square Foot Gardening book, which was my go-to book the first time we had a garden. Somewhere along the line (I’m pretty sure it’s when we moved to Ohio and built a bunch of raised beds) we lost our way and went for the uber-big over making efficient use of our space.
So I’m going to try to constantly plant things this year. If I harvest a radish, I’ll just plant another one in its spot. If my cilantro bolts, I’ll plant something else in its space. Stuff like that. I think I’m most looking forward to growing kohlrabi again. It’s insanely expensive in the supermarket, and most of the people who have it at the Farmer’s Market harvest it when the kohlrabis are really big, which I’ve never understood, since they taste horrible and woody when they get too big. I’m all about harvesting small veggies. Yum!
Anyway, I’m going to re-read my book over the next few days and try to actually get some stuff planted. First up is the garlic, and then stuff like radishes and kohlrabi. From what I read yesterday, the average last frost date for Columbus is May 9th, so a few days after then, I’ll go ahead and plant stuff like squash and sunflowers. I’m trying to be a lot less anal about the whole planting thing than I’ve been in the past.