Last Summer was such a disappointment for us in our vegetable garden. Oh, that’s right, we never planted one. With everything that was going on, we just never put a garden in. Wrong decision! We had to buy our tomatoes from farmers’ markets, which is okay. Still, my husband really likes a specific type of tomato for our BLTs: Supersonics!. Plus, I am now officially out of frozen peppers that each Summer I chop up into baggies for cooking. I guess we had a bumper crop 2 years ago since I finally used up my last bag last week. For some reason, I started wishing for a BLT.
There simply is nothing like picking a fresh tomato from your garden, and dinner is served. The funny thing is that I actually hated tomatoes and would never eat one till about 4 years ago when I finally tried one on a BLT. I have never looked back! Someday, I might tell you the story of collecting seeds from my grandfather Albert Behnke’s prized Belgian Giant tomatoes. An awful job, which led to my total dislike of tomatoes.
I started doing what many of you might also be doing: dreaming of our 2021 vegetable garden. I mentioned to my husband about putting in potatoes as I peeled some sorry-looking ones from the store tonight, and I got THE LOOK. Are you going to help with the garden this year, he asks? Hmm, well, I will help drop the potatoes in, I replied. However, he was thinking more on the line was if I was going to help with the weeding. I guess I will worry about that later. Hopefully, we will also put in some onions, which always turn out pretty good in our garden. My mother-in-law still grows the best lettuce and shares, so I tend to skip that. This is all for the early garden, but the vegetable garden needs to have just a few things.
We need, of course, our tomatoes and peppers. I personally love to have about 6 different types of peppers, from sweet to hot. When I put them up in the Summer, I love to mix all the peppers up. I am also hoping to convince him to put in the yellow squash again. Two years ago, our squash never amounted to much, but that is what is so exciting about gardening. Be it vegetables or ornamental plants. Just keep trying different things.
One other thing I am hoping to do with my grandchildren is to get some seeds to start inside. I really think that they will enjoy planting the seeds and watching them grow into plants that they can put in the garden. I know we will still go to the garden center and buy some starter plants but growing from seed lets us pick out varieties that our local garden center might not have.
There you have it! My January garden dreams. It all started with the desire for a delicious BLT. Are you dreaming of your Spring garden? I would love to hear from you: what plans might you be putting in place? A big garden? Or are you like us and just need a few plants? My in-laws have a fantastic vegetable garden, all in raised garden beds. I know one year we planted our tomatoes directly into a huge pot on our patio, and it worked out great. But this year, I am hoping for the garden in the ground. I will let you know what we end up with.
Stephanie Fleming: Beyond Behnke’s