One of my favorite times of the year is this one – when gardening catalogs begin to arrive3 and I can start planning my summer garden. I always plant veggies like peas, broccoli, tomatoes. But every year I also add something new. One year I tried broccoli rabe. I got so little before the weather turned and the heat came in. One year I tried bok choy. I quickly discovered that I don’t like bok choy enough to eat it several times a week. (Come to think of it, I even get tired of tomatoes.)
One year I tried patio corn.
It did not do well.
Beets, however, were such a success I plant them now every year.
I always plant lots of beans, too. Green beans that is. They freeze beautifully and I always have a wonderful harvest.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to try herbs other than basil and rosemary. So I plan to plant oregano and tarragon.
What new vegetable am I going to try? I think kidney and pinto beans. We’ll see how they work out.
When I have something that fails I always think how lucky I am to live when the crop does not feed my family. I belong to a CSA and I can always go to the local supermarket. Even as recently as 70 or so years ago this was not true, a crop failure might mean hunger or starvation.