Planning a Small Garden
This means tomatoes are a must because you can never buy anything that compares to what you can grow yourself. This year it will be Black Krims, Cherokees, Beefmasters, and San Maranzanos.
The other thing I grow is peppers of all varieties, but paprikas are de rigueur. Home grown and dried paprika is an incredible essential for my kitchen chemistry lab. Making Your Own Paprika It is the main ingredient of Devil's Dust.
After peppers, come beans, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, herbs, and anything else I can manage to squeeze in. This year the soil needs a major overhaul--deep tilling and amending with manure, compost, and peat moss (to help retain moisture). So I've sorted through my seeds and figured out what I need to buy, including fertilizer and sprays. In a month or so trays of seedlings will be setting in southern facing windows and I will be asking myself once again--why am I doing this? Gardening is an art form. The best part is you get to eat what you create.
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