We are working our way through a series called “Creating a Garden Calendar“. If this is your first time joining us, welcome. You are not too late to join us. Grab a calendar, pen, and beverage of choice. You will be right where we are in no time
Today’s assignment is probably one of my favorite. It is also one that can take a long time. Not because it is hard, but because I will get so wrapped up in doing it that I’ll lose track of time. It is time to work on your wish list. These are the plants you had hoped last year to plant or have been wanting to try. I plan to try a new plant every year. Some years I have loved the new plant. Other years have fallen short of my expectations and I will not use that plant again. However, it adds some adventure to gardening and keeps it from being mundane and ordinary.
An example of this for me would be tomatoes. My “basic” garden includes grape tomatoes. Beyond that I enjoy planting a beefsteak type of tomato as well as a roma tomato. However, if the last two types don’t get planted it doesn’t disrupt our lives much. Going even further I like to try a new plant every year. In the past this has been a new type of heirloom tomato. This past year, though, it meant herbs.
This is the point that I get to spend time in the seed catalogs or online looking through the different selections and creating a wish list. At the end of this my list is always very much longer than my space and time permit, but I like creating the list. It is like looking through the Christmas catalogs as kids. You know that you won’t be getting that $1,000 or model rocket that will fly you to the moon, but it is still fun to dream.
Don’t take too long doing this; it is easy to get lost and lose a few hours. You may need to set your timer, do this several times through the day, or wait until tonight when all the day’s obligations have past.
Tomorrow we will come back and add details to this list. Because of that you will want to mark your wish list selections somehow. If I have a catalog in hand I used a black marker. If they are online, then I create a word document and copy the link. However you do it, keep track of what you find and what is on you “wish list” so you can easily find them tomorrow.