Usually, the dreary January weather keeps me in the contemplative planning mode rather than zealous preparation for the new year. But you might have noticed this January has been distinctly brighter and drier, which has carried me into planning the vegetable garden already. In reflection on last year’s garden, my partner and I decided to focus on greens and herbs this year. We’ll leave most of the root veggies and fruits to the farmers. Here are some highlights of what’s to come:
Herbs: Cilantro, parsley, shiso, dill and basil will all get more space this year, in addition to our perennial herb garden.
Greens: Ruby Orach is the returning champion, and will be joined by several lettuces, mustards, Gailan, and Premium Late Flat Dutch cabbage which is an heirloom variety producing HUGE heads! And of course, plenty of kale.
Roots: I’m excited about growing Spanish black radishes and daikon radishes, both new additions to the garden this year.
Fruits: Last summer, I walked through the local pea patch envious of the beautiful tomatillo plants decorated with delicate fruits late in the season. This year, I’ll be planting a Polish variety named Amarylla which has gorgeous and tasty yellow fruits.
I’ll return with some updates on successes and inevitable disappointments throughout the season!