When it gets warm, all I can think of is what I'm going to plant.
I already blogged on the topic. But I can't plant any of it until next weekend, so my brain keeps spinning.
And I ordered seeds. Bad chicken! Not nearly as many as usual. But too many. So let's list 'em. Because.
- Blue Lake bush beans. As discussed. From three different sources.
- Jade bush beans, because I want to try one or two alternatives to Blue Lake.
- Adriana lettuce, because it was wonderful last year, except I don't actually plan to plant lettuce this year, so what's my excuse?
- Tohya soybeans, because if I like green soybeans at Japanese restaurants, why not grow them?
- Sunshine winter squash. This one, according to Carol Deppe, works as both a summer squash and a winter squash. So when I inevitably fail to harvest the summers squashes, the plants won't be a waste.
- Fortex pole beans. A pole bean that I hear about a lot.
- Evergreen Hardy White bunching onions. Because I keep meaning to grow perennial bunching onions. These will probably go in in late summer or fall.
- Strictly dryfarmed: They might get a little water to get them to the "first true leaves" stage or one good soaking after transplanting, but otherwise, that's it. If they die, they die.
- Tentatively dryfarmed: I start out as firmly dryfarmed but if they start to fade I'll start watering, because I want the harvest more than I want the experiment.
- Lightly irrigated: No more water than they seem to need to survive; if in doubt, err in the direction of watering too little.
- Irrigated: Ideally just enough water; if in doubt, err in the direction of watering too much.
- One 4X6 bed of Yukon Gold potatoes, tentatively dryfarmed.
- Blue Lake bush beans, irrigated. All three different seed sources.
- Howden and Orange Rave pumpkins, lightly irrigated.
- Tomatoes from seedlings, strictly dryfarmed. Early Girl plus one or two plum tomato candidates.
- One or two more beds of Yukon Gold potatoes, at least one of them strictly dryfarmed.
- Armenian cucumbers, lightly irrigated.
- Sunshine hybrid squash, tentatively dryfarmed.
- A Bean Experiment, two or three beds' worth. Maybe just a different kind of bush bean. Maybe the soybeans. Maybe dryfarmed and sprawling pole beans. Maybe Supai Red with pole beans growing up it. I'm not sure. There are a zillion beans worth trying; I'll try one or two this year.
HowdenOrange Rave pumpkins, strictly dryfarmed. HowdenOrange Rave got near to producing a ripe pumpkin last year, on almost no irrigation. (I think it's the pumpkin in the photo.) Then we panicked on a hot day and started watering. This year I want to finish the experiment properly. (Corrected--when I first posted, I misstated the pumpkin as Howden.)
- Costata Romanesca squash, strictly dryfarmed. Really, as long as there's space for this, it's no labor; I intend to insert the seeds into the ground by the fence, let them fend for themselves, and see what happens.
- Parch corn, if I didn't already plant Supai Red as part of the bean experiment. I'm looking at a shorter variety that apparently finishes sooner, which would be good, since ideally this dries down on the plant.
I think that's all.