I originally thought i wasn't going to be able to garden this year, as I was supposed to be moving, but alas- as it turns out things didn't turn out the way I expected, so I'm still at my roommates that had a bit of issues with my gardening last year... but I'm taking over anyway!
Last year i realized i was too impatient, and the hay that I laid down as a mulch (with the best intentions) actually hurt me more than helped. I also didn't realize that my pumpkins and giant zucchini got nailed by the SVBs. This year I'm starting earlier in hopes that they can get strong enough to keep going before they hit!
I have a mix of in ground and containers... last year the containers did better than the in ground, so i'll be planting my zucchini and butternut squashes, along with the Brussels sprouts and peppers in the 20gallon containers i've got, along with some potatoes and some onions. I know this normally isn't a very good idea, but it worked REALLY well last year, so I'm trying that again this year.
Due to a terrible snow storm last October, we lost a lot of branches and trees in our backyard; I'm hoping due to that we'll have more sunlight - the lack of light last year probably really didn't help me.
Just started seeds today- the "elementary school" way I suppose- a paper towel and a plastic bag. Pumpkins, watermelons, zucchini, lima beans, butternut squash, banana peppers, brussells sprouts, bell peppers and a fancy gourd. I'll eventually move them over to a table in the basement with some sun lamps in hopes that they can make it through the next few months to where I can plant them outside. I alternate between starting too late and starting too early- so I'm just going to go for it and start everything now. If all else fails, i'll just plant something else in it's place. I'm thinking of starting another baggy and trying to start some corn and green beans to go with the lima beans, but i've probably bitten off too much already. I also don't know whether or not i should do tomatoes again this year. Last year I did the yellow pear - and while I loved them, i didn't eat nearly as many as I should have. I just always feel like a tomato is a staple that should always been planted. Maybe i'll try an orange one this year.
Last year i cleared out my strawberry box to plant some flowers... i definitely need more bees, marigolds didn't work very well though. Any good flower suggestions to plant in with everything else?
And, bleh, thanks for reading my rant this far I figure i'll just keep everything to one thread instead of posting multiples like i did last year. Because i keep talking about my monster pepper plant (of which I'm very proud of) i finally took a few shots of it today, as it's putting out another crop of peppers! There are 5 little batches of flowers and baby peppers on it at the moment. I can't wait to get more off it-- and I hope it transitions okay back outside!