It rained again yesterday, and it seems our weather is likely to be unsettled for at least the next week or so.  I’m sure nature is conspiring against us.  Every time we make plans in the garden…whoosh!  More rain.  Oh well, it’s not slowing us down too much, and really, it is still winter!  All our wet weather though has given us plenty of opportunity to plan the planting schedule for the gardens.

The rainy weather gave us plenty of time plan out our planting schedule for the year

We also had time to map our overall  plan for the vegetable gardens.

Vegetable Garden Plan for 2010

All of our seeds for 2010 have arrived, with the exception of our Rocdor beans, but today I received an email from the distributor informing me that even they have now bean…I mean been…shipped.

Our collection of seeds for 2010

We still have some construction to do in part of the vegetable gardens, including building a retaining wall, and constructing our hybrid greenhouse/shed this summer.  As we need to get some heavy equipment through part of the gardens this year, we’re only constructing half of the total raised garden beds this spring.  The remainder will be built when construction is complete.  Despite that, we still have quite an array of produce planned for the vegetable gardens in 2010, including:

Beans: Spanish Musica, Foremost (Green), Rocdor (Yellow Wax)

Beets: Red Ace, Golden

Broccoli: Blue Wind

Carrots: Scarlet Nantes, Rainbow Hybrid

Cucumber: Chelsea Prize (English)

Lettuce: Red Lollo, Grand Rapids, Red and Green Oakleaf

Misc Greens: Space Spinach, Tatsoi Asian Greens, Red Winter Kale, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard

Onion: New York Early (storage); White Spear (bunching)

Parsnip: Javelin

Peas: Progress #9

Peppers: Carmen, Lipstick

Potatoes: Rose Finn Apple, Yukon Gold

Pumpkin: Baby Pam

Squash: Waltham Butternut

Tomatoes: Argentina, Illini Star, Texas Star, German Red Strawberry, Salisaw Cafe, Beam’s Yellow Pear, Cherokee Purple, Black Pear, Persimmon, Russian 117, Sungold

The tomatoes have all been started indoors, and are coming along quite nicely, along with the Carmen and Lipstick peppers.

All of our tomatoes have sprouted!

Our beets abound, and no doubt will outgrow their cell-packs in no time!

Our Red Ace beets are growing like weeds

The leeks even are off to a good start, and doomed to find their way into a number of dishes in the coming months.

Leek seedlings

In addition to vegetables, of course, a number of herbs will find their way to the gardens this spring, including Basil, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

Our rosemary plants are anxious to be transplanted into the gardens

To encourage pollinators to the gardens we’re also including a number of garden flowers that will be scattered around the vegetable gardens, including Goldenrod, Clary Sage, Borage, Bee Balm, Anise Hyssop, and Nasturtium.

Don't forget to entice hummingbirds, bees and butterflies into the vegetable garden!

However, if you plant Goldenrod, don’t be discouraged if it takes time to germinate.  Goldenrod can be notoriously slow to sprout.  Ours was no exception.  However, our Goldenrod is now, after more than two weeks, just starting to emerge!

Our Goldenrod flowers are just starting to awaken for spring

Miraculously the sun is peeking through the clouds.  It’s time to take advantage of a break in the weather, don some rubber boots, and dig some dirt!