At the start of the New Year, when all the seed and plant catalogues start coming through your letterbox, you know it’s time to start planning your garden for the coming year. So as part of our New Year’s routine, we also start to choose plants and seeds for our garden.
We don’t go about choosing our plants in a very coordinated way; basically we go through the catalogues and mark everything that we’d like to plant. We obviously only choose fruit and veg that we like, as for flowers and shrubs, we really don’t have a clue and just choose what we think will work well in our garden.
The list is usually very long and it’s difficult to decide, as really we’d like to plant everything. We just don’t have enough space.
Then we go through the seeds that we already have from the last years and double check what we already have and discard some of the seeds that were either very unsuccessful for a few times and plants where we just didn’t like the vegetables or fruit.
We usually sow most plants indoors in our orangery leaky porch at the side of our house. We tried this method for the first time last year and were quite successful. You can read about it here.
We try to rotate our crops every year, so that we don’t plant the same things in the same location as last year. It’s meant to be beneficial to the soil. As we had tomato blight last year, we can’t plant the tomatoes in the same position, as the fungus that causes it is probably still in the soil.
It’s kind of exciting to think that in a few months you already have some food that’s ready to pick in your own garden.
Here’s what we are going to try this year: Kohl Rabi, Lambs Lettuce, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Basil, Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Hungarian Hot Pepper, Sunburst Squash, Onions, Spring Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Carrots, Rocket and Bay Leaves.
We will probably still end up buying the odd plant throughout the course of the year, but for now this choice of plant should give us enough to get started.
Have you decided what you are going to plant in our garden this year? Do you have any gardening tips for us?