Seeds & Seedlings

Here's a list of the seeds and seedlings I have so far:

Perennials & biannuals:

12 strawberry
2 rosemary
2 oregano
1 spearmint
2 sage
seed packet garlic chives

1 bush cucumber
1 crookneck squash
1 straightneck squash
1 yellow bell pepper
1 zucchini
9 sweet potato
2 dill
3 globe basil
4 green bell pepper
4 eggplant
5 Rutgers tomatoes
4 Super Bush tomatoes
4 Celebrity tomatoes
seed packet carrots
seed packet radishes
seed packet pumpkins
seed packet beets

12 marigolds
seed packet cosmos
seed packet alyssum

I haven't done the math, but this quantity of stuff will cover a pretty decent amount of sq ft. There is a little more work to do around the butterfly bush (where T couldn't rototill) but that is where the strawberry patch goes according to my original plan.

I bought two large pots for the mint. After considering it, I think I will get a second variety. The kind I got is good for mint juleps, but there is another variety that is best for mojitos. The pots do not have drainage holes so the roots won't escape that way, and I will just have to be diligent about not letting the mint go to seed. I thought two pots would look better than one.

I'm going to add gardening to the daily routine with the boys, so I should be able to keep up with it. If I'm out there every morning, I really shouldn't have to spend more than 15 minutes tending to weeds and bugs and pruning. Watering might take longer, but W will help with that so he won't get bored.

I'd also like to plant some Sungold cherry tomatoes. I think that's the name of the hybrid. We got them at the farmer's market last summer, I'm hopeful someone will be selling seedlings for them next week when it opens.

I might see if I can find some tiny gherkin cucumbers so I can pickle cornichons.

I've decided to forgo the hot peppers this year. I think I still have a jar of jalepeno jelly in the pantry, plus dried peppers from the last time I grew them. I might run out, but I'm willing to buy them on an as-needed basis rather than run the risk of baby Max crawling through the garden and taking a big bite out of a hot pepper and having to go to the hospital or something. Can you imagine a baby rubbing pepper juice in his eyes and the screaming that would ensue? Not gonna risk it.

The rhubarb is out beyond the flagpole in front of a large pine tree. The leaves of that are poisonous, so I'm glad to have that out of the regular garden. It's huge (and since T divided it, we have a LOT of plants now) and takes up a 10' row which will be about 3' wide. The reason we can plant it outside the fence is because the leaves are poisonous the deer and rabbits will leave it alone.