So it’s officially March and even though it looks like this outside
I think it’s finally ok to start dreaming about next year’s garden. Last year was my first garden season, and I started with a virtually no-fail plant: tomatoes. Although, if I’m going to be honest, a couple of years ago I bought a tomato plant, and I learned the hard way that “full sun” is a requirement – not a suggestion.
So I stepped up my game and acquired a community garden plot pretty close to my apartment. I remember walking out of Home Depot one day that summer, hoping to get at least one tomato from my four plants. Well, before I knew it, I had accumulated and consumed 14 pounds of itsy bitsy cherry tomatoes! Leave it to tomatoes to give the ol’ green thumb confidence booster!
This year, I’m feeling adventurous. I spent the weekend reading up on different vegetable plants and I’ve narrowed down my list to these delicious hopefuls.
Beets. Apparently they grow well in containers, and I do have a few that I can put on my little balcony outside my apartment.
Basil. Grows easily on my balcony, and it’s the best smell ever.
Cilantro. Because it’s annoying to have to buy an overwhelming amount at the grocery store and have over half of it go bad before you use it all.
Garlic. This will be my fall crop, an investment for next year!
Onion. Like tomatoes last year, I would be way too excited if I get to eat an onion from my own garden.
Parsley. Same as cilantro. Why buy it when you can always have it handy?
Bell pepper. Didn’t get any bells last year; I’m going to try these in a container to see if I get some sweet goodness.
Rosemary. Smells real nice.
Scallions. These grow relatively fast (8 weeks from sow to harvest), so I can scatter them in the nooks and crannies of the plot.
Shallot. I’ve never bought a shallot because I’ve always had onion on hand to substitute.
Blueberries. A sweet fruit to try, just for fun.