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January 10, 2011

Garden Dreams 2011

Happy New Year everyone!!! Have you received any catalogs for the upcoming growing season? So far we have received approximately 5 catalogs: Territorial Seed Company, R.H. Shumway's, Veseys Seeds, Jung Seeds & Plants, and Miller Nurseries. I'm sure we are going to receive a few more which should include Park Seed, Gurneys, and Burpee. We've only ordered from two of these places in the past and have somehow ended up on a Uber large mailing list. That's ok with me because mom and I have plenty to thumb through at night before bed. Pretty soon we will have meeting of the minds and put together an official plan for the growing season. For sure on our list of returns will be the chocolate cherry tomato. It is such a great snacking and oven dried treat that takes little space and little maintenance to grow. If this beautiful sweet tomato makes a return as a volunteer again this year it will be just as treasured as it's been the last 3 years. As far as what is not making a return visit to our garden this year, we are including the Speckled Roma tomato which was a very late start compared to the 5 other varieties we grew, and didn't ripen fast enough to truly evaluate it's flavor and texture. Purple Cauliflower was actually a success last year however we didn't care for the texture and would only grow it again for the decorative properties (It truly is beautiful and purple). The sage has been a perennial the last 4 growing seasons but after this harsh winter we're being optimistic about if it will return. Please share with us your plans for the upcoming season. What are you trying this year? What will not be making a return next year?