The main garden (planting in the dirt - a 30 X 50 foot square that we've gardened since moving here nearly 20 years ago, with less-than-perfect soil and less-than-full day sun)
The familiar: Some Sungold tomato plants in the front row, a few rows of bush beans, a row of basil, some hills of summer squash, rows of lettuces and greens and beets, hills of cucumbers.
The new: An attempt at some dry beans (typically it is just bush beans), with a few pole hills toward the back; a hill of spaghetti squash to accompany the summer squash; a hill or two of muskmelon (varieties TBD), and I am also thinking of growing the cukes vertically to save some space and make it easier to spot the fruit.
Deciding to not plant: Front row tomatillos (they just didn't provide enough yield for the space taken), and a few of the cuke types I grew last year. Also a reduction in the number of types of Asian greens.
The driveway (this is where the real action is....)
The familiar: A mix of familiar indeterminate tomatoes in large pots along the border of the driveway; a mix of familiar sweet peppers, hot peppers, and eggplant in rows in the center of the driveway. I will repeat the small-pot, extreme prune approach to some indeterminate tomato varieties whose seed is getting old and I want just a few trusses of fruit to evaluate and save seed from; the Dwarf Project will be just as relevant and huge in effort as last summer; more work on new eggplant, sweet pepper and hot pepper varieties originating from either hybrids or accidental crosses.
The new: Well, nothing really new in terms of what I will grow, but the specific varieties will have some differences - that will be the topic of some future blogs, as I outline exactly what I will be growing.
I am hoping that being more fit (since last January, I've lost more than 50 lbs - mostly due to Weight Watchers, most recently taking on the Engine-2 28 day vegan challenge) will make it a bit less of a task lugging the big bags of potting mix. Then again, I always look forward to the time spent in the garden digging and weeding as a good way to get in shape. We shall see!