In my last post, I talked about my big plans for the vegetable garden this year. Even though I never thought it possible, I am actually even more excited than before! Last week I attended an education day which is held each year by our distributor for all our chemicals, potting soils, fertilizers and more. I walked out of that meeting super pumped to go organic.
While I have never been an avid user of synthetic chemicals, I used them when necessary. I was raised on a farm, where chemical use is common place and while studying at the University of Illinois, I learned the importance of chemicals for treatment of most pests. But, at the seminar, I heard a presentation by Gretchen from Dr. Earth Organics. She was an excellent speaker and she explained the importance of mycchorizae and probiotics for the health of your soil. Let me tell you, I was convinced, and will definitely be using their line of fertilizers, inoculants, and hopefully their planting mixes to enhance my soil even more at planting.
I am also extremely thrilled that we have received our shipment of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. So far, I have bought, Golden and Red Marconi pepper, Charentais cantaloupe, Tigger melon (one that stays really small, like softball size. I think it will be perfect filled with Vanilla icecream!), Moon & Stars watermelon, Swiss Chard (which I have never grown before), Chioggia Beet, Chantenay Red Core Carrot, Rosa Bianca Eggplant, Rocky Top lettuce mix, Red Romaine lettuce, Red Kuri squash, and a few varieties of peas. I can’t wait for mid March, when I can start all these seeds in the greenhouse and get that much closer to Summer and harvest!
What do you intend to do to your garden this year? Do you plant a big vegetable garden or concentrate solely on flowers? Share your insight…I can’t wait to hear your tricks!