I’ll be expanding our garden again this year. Even though we’ll have more space I want to cut back on the variety a bit and focus on the staples. We’re slowly eating more and more food that we’ve grown ourselves. Last year I put up a ton of food that I gleaned from friends and family. I am very grateful to them but last year was a good year for a lot of plants and I don’t want to be so reliant on others when we have a bad growing season.
I started by poking around in our pantry. BTW, I haven’t forgotten about the pantry update. Right now we’re in desperate need of more shelving so I’m waiting until everything looks nice and pretty before I share pics. Anyway, a major part of our pantry is made up of tomato products. Last year I canned over 50 pints of tomato meat sauce – enough for the whole year. I would estimate that 1/3 of the tomatoes came from our garden and the rest came from others. Also in our pantry we have store bought tomato goods such as: ketchup, tomato paste, and crushed or stewed tomatoes that make baked rotini especially good. All things I could make myself.
When I take the time to pack myself a good lunch I eat corn, peas, or green beans almost every day. I canned some corn and beans last year and filled in when the local grocer had a sale. Much of what’s left in the pantry is fruit: peaches, applesauce, pears, and berry jams. I need to establish a good berry patch of our own, especially strawberries. We also have 3 big baskets of potatoes and lots of garlic. I didn’t plant garlic in the fall of 2009 so I definitely need to plan for it in the fall of 2010.
So, here’s my list of must haves in the garden for 2010:
- Sweet corn
- Green beans
There are several other things that I would like to grow. I could always purchase these at the farmer’s market if need be:
- Sunflowers (for the seeds)
- Celery (for soups)(I couldn’t find this last year at the market, maybe it doesn’t even grow here?)
After going through my seeds I’m surprised that I used so many last year. I don’t have much left. Its looks like I’ll be making quite an order! I’ll post the finished order when I get it ready.
What are you going to grow this year? What are your favorites that you won’t be without? If you could grow only 5 or 6 things what would they be?