This summer, there is a chance both my sons will be working full-time, which will leave me home alone. It has been almost seventeen years since I had that much time to myself. I am a little drunk on the possibilities at the moment. Also worried about being lonely, but trying not to think too much about that.
I’m planning my garden. It’s easy to buy all the seeds in a rush of enthusiasm during the winter, but I am working very hard to keep my expectations manageable.
I order from one vendor, Baker Creek, for simplicity’s sake. Their seeds have been the most reliable for me, and I like the selection.
Here are this year’s picks:
Pole Beans: I love to have a pole bean growing. They’re so pretty. Blauhilde
Bush Beans: I don’t love growing bush beans, but crave yellow beans and don’t like the looks of the ones in our supermarkets. Meraviglia di Venezia
Eggplant: We don’t eat much eggplant, but I’ve grown this variety before and it worked well in our yard. I’m planning to try some recipes with it. Rosa Bianca
Peas: I’ve been dreaming of these peas, and it’s almost time. Look at all the tendrils you can eat! They sound like the most delicious thing in the world to me right now. Magnolia Blossom Tendril
Hot Peppers: We love serranos and pickle them along with cucumbers and other vegetables, and also eat them fresh. I chose the Black Hungarian for excitement, and also because I don’t bother with bell peppers. I’ve never had much success with them, so I figured a mild hot pepper would be a good consolation prize. Serrano Black Hungarian
Summer Squash: I’ve intended to grow this zucchini for years. Last summer, I figured I’d skip growing zucchini since I could find locally-grown ones at the store. Can you believe they didn’t have any? I thought that was the weirdest thing. Ronde de Nice
Tomatoes: My husband and I always get a little tomato-crazed. I need to calm down and choose only a few.
Green: We’ve grown these before, and they did well. They’re delicious. Green Zebra
Pink: This one will be new to us. German Pink
Black: I’m gambling on this one even though I did terribly with the regular pink Brandywine tomatoes. True Black Brandywine
Blue: I’ve never grown a small tomato or a blue tomato, so I’m very excited to try these. Blue Cream Berries
That’s it! It’s not too much, I don’t think. We’ll see.