Happily, my garden orders will only be about $100 this year compared to $200 + dirt money we spent last year and the year before. The garden will be a little bit smaller which partly accounts for the decreased cost. The vine borers were so bad with the pumpkins last year that I’m not going to plant anything that they can eat. Hopefully a year of starving will keep them at bay, and I can grow some nice pumpkins again next year.
I have a lot of seeds left over from last year which helps too. I only had to order one type of tomato this year.
Goals and Decisions
This year I decided I wanted to plant less types of plants, and to do more canning with the larger crops. I settled on beets, peas and basil. Beets because I like beets (and I bought a pound of beet seeds last year!), peas because you can never have too many fresh peas, and basil because last year’s crop was sufficient for cooking, but much too small to make pesto. And I love pesto.
I also focused on turning the garden next to our house into an herb garden. I just got accepted to the UMN Masters of Geographic Information Science, so I expect that the next couple of years will be very busy. I plan to continue gardening, but I want to reduce the amount of work it takes. I’m hoping that having an herb garden is part of that solution.
This Year’s Order: $101.23
The total isn’t actually in yet, because I haven’t bought the cherry tree, but it’s in the budget this time around and I know what kind I want. We’re going to get a North Star sour cherry tree. Here’s the rest of the order.
- Leafy Stuff
- Tomatoes & Peppers
- Sweet Million Cherry Tomatoes — 1 packet — $2.55
- Beefsteak tomatoes (have) — $0.00
- Sweet Banana Pepper (have) — $0.00
- Serrano Tampequeno Pepper (have) — $0.00
- California Wonder Pepper (have) — $0.00
- Hot Pepper blend (have) — $0.00
- Garlic (Need) — $5.00
- North Start Cherry Tree (Need) — $30.00
- Mammoth Sunflower Seeds (have) — $0.00
Next On The Todo List
Next up on the todo list is to clean my starter pots so they’ll be ready when the seeds get here. I also need to sharpen my lawn mower, shovels and hoes. I bought a tiller that doesn’t start last fall, so I need to get that running and till the garden.
It’s nice to be working on gardening stuff again!