It's the middle of January and there's a foot of snow on the ground, that can only mean it's time to post the annual garden thread!
Thanks to Mrs. Maister going bananas and ordering seed catalogues from a dozen different companies, I am already well supplied with winter reading materials. I think this year will not be a big year for experimentation, but rather, growing large quantities of tried and true things: plenty of peppers, tomatoes and beans. Naturally, I'll grow plenty of salad stuff as well and am already plotting out the square footage necessary to ensure there will be adequate lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, spinach, and cucumbers for salads two or three times a week throughout the summer.
2011 should be a memorable year at Maister Gardens thanks to the asparagus we planted three years ago, as we can now begin to harvest them this spring. I've been looking forward to fresh asparagus for some time. I understand the asparagus crowns should continue to produce for the next 20 years. They really are a nearly maintenance free plant; they like poor soils, are extraordinarily drought resistant (here in Michigan we don't need to water them at all) and seem to flourish with little more than a monthly weeding. I'll report later on how they taste.
Junior has expressed an earnest desire for a bigger garden this year because he wants more sugar snap peas. I think he would be happy with growing nothing but sugar snap peas He loves them because he can see the pods develop and when he decides it's time to eat he can just pick them right off the vine and pop them into his mouth pods and all.
What's on your garden planning agendas this year?