Queen Composter has intentions (please don't call them resolutions) for her coming garden.
In the last week of December I received a 2014 seed catalogue from a local seed company, and when I saw it my heart skipped a beat. This means that I can begin to think about my garden for 2014 in earnest. I can dream about what I will grow in my new garden. It may seem early to be thinking about the coming growing season, but many seeds can be started indoors in late February or early March, and last year I missed the window for some of the early varieties.
The new year naturally is a time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to goals and plans for the coming year, but I don’t like to make specific and definite statements because I feel like a failure when I don’t follow through. Instead, I like to have intentions, which at least in my mind is different from resolutions.
|I am going to purchase a mason bee kit like|
one pictured above.
We all know how important bees are, and I would like to try having mason bees in my backyard, to be good for the environment and for my garden. Mason bees are a species native to North America and are not susceptible to colony collapse disorder. They do not sting, are solitary bees and do not produce honey, but have a higher pollination rate than the more familiar honey bees.
I would like to increase the amount of food that I can grow by adding in more container gardening and by taking over some of my flower garden. I do not have success with flowers because I have little patience for the finicky care that some require. I would rather save my energy for growing my own food.
Having said that I don’t enjoy flower gardening, I would like to learn more about companion planting and the flowers that encourage growth and health of vegetables. I have had pollination issues with my squash in the past and I hope this, along with the mason bees, will help.
I would like to be honest with myself about the foods we actually eat and grow more of these. It is fun to grow interesting and exotic plants but I would like a productive garden. I grew quinoa last year, and while we enjoyed the greens throughout the season, I only harvested one large bowl of seeds. The effort was not equal to the output.
Even though I don’t want to waste my time with more unusual plants, I do want to lave some space in my garden for new vegetables. I would love to try growing artichoke (which needs a large space per plant), and I hope to set aside some space for asparagus (which requires two growing seasons before harvesting).
Lastly, I would like to make use of on line planning sites and read more about organizing my garden so it is less haphazard than it has been in the past. For example, I need to stagger my planting times so that I have a continuous harvest of some vegetables, such as beets, greens and carrots.
Are you making any plans or resolutions for 2014? Have you begun thinking about your garden?