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Garden with a German (part 4): The Plan

 I have committed to my crop!

My son and I made the trip to the local Runnings store and perused the different varieties of vegetables before making my final choices. He was very helpful in pulling the cart, as well as patient while waiting for me to choose what I wanted!

I got my ‘usual’ items- tomatoes, onion, peppers, and cucumbers. The last couple of years I have added broccoli, squash and asparagus. (I have the asparagus in a flower bed that has trouble hosting annuals and perennials.) Sometimes I do carrots, but the soil is not suitable for them, so they do not grow very large, so it is more work than it is worth.

I ended up purchasing the following:

  • Big Boy tomato (8 plants)
  • Roma tomato (4)
  • Early Girl tomato (4)
    *yes, that is 16 tomato plants!
  • Lady Bell green peppers (8)
  • Red peppers (4)
  • Jalapeno (1) – Up until recently, was always planted exclusively for my neighbor Jackie…but as I get older I am becoming more fond of the spice!
  • Pinot Noir pepper (1) – NEW ADDITION this year! I ran into a co-worker at the nursery and he told me they are good stuffing peppers. Being a fan of stuffed peppers, I just HAD to give them a shot!
  • Orange pepper (1)
  • Golden pepper (1) aka yellow.

Yes-I will have red- orange- yellow- green – blue/purple- peppers in my garden!!

  • Spaghetti squash (1)
  • Zucchini squash (1)
  • Red (25) and yellow (50) onions
  • Broccoli (4)
  • Cucumber – I have two plants in which I will put into a whiskey barrel at the edge of the garden. The last (quite a few) years have not yielded much of a crop, and since I eat a lot of cucumbers I really want to try something new. I want to save some money this summer. This is my third year buying pre-started cucumber plants; prior years I had started from seeds in the garden. I’ll keep you posted on this!

As I type this list, the only plant I notice I am missing is grape tomatoes. I may have to snag a plant to throw in!

This is the official plan/diagram for planting tomorrow!

When I am finished planting the garden, hopefully I will have time to get to my flowers.. My kids promised me they would help so we can get done and have time for different activities since it is Mother’s Day!

I will do the fifth part of this series on Monday and let you know how every looks and how it went! I would be interested in knowing what gardening questions or topics I could cover for you, so please comment below or email .

Happy Mother’s Day!