To catch you up on what I've planted in the big garden thus far over the last few days: For basil, I've kept to those that will be for salads and pesto - so there are three plants each of Red Rubin, Osmin, Mrs. Burns Lemon, Genovese, Martina Genovese, Serrata, Mozzarella and Aroma. I will plant the more exotic ones - the bush types and Thai, Cinnamon, Licorice and the variety Christmas - in pots on our deck. As for bush beans - there are short rows (about 15 feet) of the varieties Jade, Fresh Pick and Velour - I plant double rows, seeds about 3 inches apart in rows 6 inches apart. Once I get the last bean row fully prepared, I will be planting shorter blocks of the following bush beans: Maxibel, Speculator, and Royal Burgundy (commercial sources), as well as Marbel from a SSE member. I also hope to plant some blocks of dried beans, including Jacob's Cattle and Vermont Cranberry (commercial sources), and from SSE members, Lafayette, Cuban Black, Tiger Eye, Midnight Black Turtle, Calypso, Zuni Shalako and Pelardron. That is if the groundhog leaves me any!
I decided to work on the big garden rather than play with peppers or eggplant today....so tomorrow I return to the small pots of hot and sweet peppers, eggplant and a very few additional tomatoes. Still plenty to do!