Preparation for vegetable garden 2012

I received the second catalog from the seed company. Since the weather has ben unseasonably warm in Chicago I decided to roll up my sleeves and get ready for “vegetable garden 2012″. If you are looking forward to grow your own veggies in your garden this summer, you better get preparing.

This is my 5th year in my garden. I feel seasoned enough offer some advice.

These are the plants I’ve decided to grow in my garden this year.

  1. Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean
  2. Provider Bush Bean
  3. Silver Queen Corn
  4. Broccoli
  5. Spinach
  6. Kale
  7. Golden Purslane
  8. Lettuce ve Romaine
  9. Spring lettuce Mix
  10. Arugula
  11. Dill
  12. Sweet Basil
  13. Marjoram
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Eggplants
  16. Zucchini
  17. Cucumber
  18. aaand Sunflowers

This is the first time for broccoli, sunflower, arugula and kale. I’ve tried to grow strawberry and watermelon previously but yield is so low, in return of all the space and effort I put out.

I also have

  1. Italian parsley
  2. Mint
  3. Lavender
  4. Oregano
  5. Rosemary

in my garden, that grow back by themselves every year. The blueberry bushes look very weak. I hope they grow stronger this year.

I usually buy organic plants from the annual Chicago Park District organic plant sale for #12 – #17 and plant directly into my garden. I’ve previous tried to grow from seeds but I was unsuccessful to grow them bigger and stronger enough to have good amount crops by the end of the summer.

I am planning to seed the greens this weekend. Apparently, they germinate in cooler weather. It’s still March and it’s very risky in Chicago for snow and frost until the end of April but I’m planning to follow the forecast closely and cover them up for protection.

I’ll wait for warmer weather for beans and corn.

I buy my seeds from Natural Gardening Company and Seeds of Change. NGC is relatively cheaper.

Follow my adventures in gardening this year, under vegetable garden 2012 tag.

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