Planning the garden and waiting for the seeds. The seed companies assure me they are on their way. Each year I like trying something new to me and this year is no exception. I am planting buckwheat. I have several reasons for this crop. First, I have to find things to hold some of our soil on the cliff which was created during the flood of 2006 when we watched 5 trees and about 30 feet by 12 feet of back yard wash out to the Susquehanna River. I need roots! I am also planting this for the bees, who find it good for pollen. If I can figure out the way to hull it between now and harvest time, I will also use it for bread making! I have several books and it is time to start researching methods.
The two types I am planting do not need a really long growing season - 150 and 160 days. The Sea Island Brown is an heirloom seed and I can't wait to see it's colour. I am also planting Erlene's Green - this is also a slightly shorter season cotton and it is green!! I was under the impression that cotton is all white - what can I say? I am a Yankee born and bred. We know more about pumpkins than cotton! I got these from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - they have many heirloom seeds and typically "southern" crops - many of which will do fine up north, if started indoors. I will also be planting this on the cliff - again - it is all about the roots! There is also a good deal of sunshine there - since most of the competing trees were washed away!
I am planting one more new thing, but this is slightly more "normal" for the garden. I am trying pineapple tomatillos. If anyone has good recipes to pass along, please do. The rest of the garden will be the old stand by plants that I know the kids will eat - zucchini, carrots, two kinds of beans, peppers, lettuce, cukes and a variety of herbs. Now if only it would stay warm!