We start every vegetable we grow from seed, and our catalog order has arrived. We decide on any new and unusual types or heirloom varieties early in January when we plan what to grow. New to the vegetable garden this year will be an Opalka paste tomato (replacing Roma), Amish paste tomato, Granddaddy beefsteak tomato, and Knucklehead warted pumpkin; we also replenish some hybrid varieties that we can’t buy locally. We saved seeds from many of our favorite standard varieties last summer, and the rest of our seeds come from Burpee stands locally.
|Excavating an 8-ft. circle of sod.|
|Cardboard is our default weed barrier.|
|Black plastic helps keep weeds out.|
|Bags of organic dirt|
|Filling it up and measuring from center|
|Ready for strawberries!|